Balancing act

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Balance. ⚖️

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” ~ Rumi 🔥

My life is made of a lot of things. I have a full-time job that I love that challenges the hell out of me on the regular. I teach 8 yoga classes per week, sometimes more if I’m subbing. I run a small business, and write a blog. I manage relationships that are really important to me, from right under my roof to very far away. I’m also trying to help a little human become a decent grown human some day. 😬I make space for fun, say yes to new things, and most of all, I make it a priority to feed my wanderlust with adventures near and far.

Tbh though, it’s not easy. I do a lot of juggling and planning and I don’t waste a lot of time. I’m also surrounded by incredible people without whom that list would be a lot shorter. Are you thinking it should be? I’m not.

I love everything I do. I chose all of it, and all of them, to be in my life. I continue to make those choices. If I didn’t, the list would look different.

So, I’m human and I run out of steam now and then. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Everything needs to be unplugged now and then, including you. Like a lot of busy people, I often relegate sleep to the bottom of the list. But most of the time, the things I do energize me. At the very least, they make me feel good.

Being a coach and leading a team has introduced me to some of the smartest people I’ve ever met, and some of the most crazy fun ones, too.💃🏻Teaching yoga is a joy, and writing is a muscle my soul needs me to use. My closest relationships nourish me and lift me up and push me to grow (dammit), which is a gift. Travel makes me feel alive like nothing else, and reminds me of the good and the beauty in humanity.

In other words, it’s all good. Also, I’m super privileged. No, I’m not a millionaire or a genius, but I was born into a body and identity and space that provide me with choices. I work like hell to make the most of them.

So yeah, sometimes my plate is too full, sometimes it’s just right, but I’m always happy with what’s on it. It took me a minute (or a few decades) to figure out what those things needed to be – and not be – though. And I’m still learning. Ask me again in a decade and it might all look different. I hope it does, actually. I want to keep surprising myself.

The secrets to doing that are the same things that set this yoga pose on fire. Root down to rise up. Find your center and use it. Feel the support of your foundation underneath you and lean into it. Then, lift up, and fly.

 


Unscripted

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You know that saying about the best laid plans, right? Well if not, I’ll give you a recap. Plan all you want, but don’t expect life to read your script. Events – large and small – go the way they do, despite your preferences and best efforts. I mean, c’est la vie, right? It does what it wants.

That doesn’t mean the story that emerges isn’t a good one, though.

So yes, before you burn your agenda completely, planning does matter. Unless you’re independently wealthy and exceptionally full of chill, it’s a good idea to think about the future, and to take the appropriate steps to make the things you want happen.

All that visualization and mapping and honestly, work, is you telling the universe what you want. Even if you’re a believer in luck, you know it’s not the only thing that makes things happen. You have to put it out there, and then go out there after it.

The question is, what do you do when the work you’re doing doesn’t, well, work? Read More