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When I started working my full-time job I was overwhelmed and anxious about the life that was laid out in front of me.
I felt doomed.
From the outside, it may have looked like I had it all.
I had a stable job, a longtime partner, and a leadership position at my corporate job. Seems like the traditional path would’ve been to get married have a child and continue my 9-5.
It was so constraining. And I did not want anything to do with it. I craved a life of being able to take time off when I want to. Being able to spend precious times with the kids like the first time they walk in the first time they talk. If I was at work I may miss those moments and I don’t want that.
This is why I decided to look for something else when I was 24 years old.
Flexibility and being creative was something I craved. Also, location freedom is important to me. Meaning that I could pick up my work and move anywhere in the world and open shop again.
With these criteria‘s in mind I went through the entire Internet (no, really). Every bookstore. And every pamphlet that I can get my hands on. I probably had about 50 sent to my house.
Most people think that my calling just fell into my lap one day.
They do not see the amount of time, research and effort I put into making the decision of becoming a yoga teacher.
Every person‘s reasons for attending a yoga teacher’s training is different and none of it is incorrect. it is all correct. First of all, we are all on our own unique path. We all have our own unique voices. And we need to be able to value each other.
I wish the same for you. I want you to be able to work towards a goal that you have dreamed of. With the kind of work that you absolutely love. We must remember to value our own time and take care of ourselves the best that we can.
If I were to talk sense into my younger self, I’d tell her that I don’t have to burn myself out to get out of the traditional path. There is another way. And I’d like to share those few points.
1) Know what you truly want
Envision what life would look like if you have the magic wand and you could do anything to design it.
Where would you live? Who would you live with? What time would you get up in the morning and what time would you go to bed? Would you go to a certain coffee shop every day or it’s want to shop at a certain grocery store a few times a week? How big do you want your dining room table to be? What color do you want your bedroom sheets and all the curtains in your house to be?
Imagine your life exactly the way you wanted and write it all down.
2) How do you want to feel when you achieve that lifestyle?
Go back to the vision of how you want your life to look like. And now close your eyes, see the vision, and ask yourself how would I feel when I get there. Would you feel happy, joyful, fulfilled, connected, comfortable, infinite, or anything else?
There is no wrong answer. The true answer is entirely up to you. Pick three feelings that you would want to feel when this vision of yours comes true and write it down.
3) What can you do right now to feel those three things you mentioned earlier?
Let’s, for example, say connected. What are some things you could do in your life right now they’ll make you feel connected? It does not have to be something really big or extravagant. It could be the simple things. Something that you could do every day and every week they’ll make you feel that feeling. Something that will remind you that you’re headed in the right direction.
Similarly do this for all three of the feelings that you have listed.
Now that you have an idea of what you want, how you want to feel, and what you can do to get there, it’s time for inspired action.
When you know what you want to say yes to, it’s easier to know what to say no to.
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