For most of us the start of the new year means we will invite the good to stick around, quit the bad cold turkey, and ignore the ugly. Sound familiar? By year end the good, the bad, and the ugly has been turned on it's head, like a gunslinger in a Spaghetti Western losing a draw.
At RE:treat we strive for balance and that means allowing the bad and ugly to influence the good in life- it helps us stay full, grounded and motivated.
The ladies of RE:treat have opened their hearts to reflect on the year and to share what adventures await. We invite you to do the same. Please put your open heart in the comments box below.
Namaste and Happy New Year!
I had a massive injury (complete Adductor tear from attachment) and struggled for months on end with my health and yoga practice and general well-being. Being such a type A overachiever, this was THE biggest lesson of my life. What do you do when it's all beyond your power?
I got married. Never thought that would happen. I settled down, moved my entire life from a yoga-bag into a condo in Telluride. Its pretty drastic but it feels great. Stability, a proper schedule, not having to constantly run from A to B, allows me to slow down and enjoy life.
2014 was a wild one for this cat. Highlights included hosting our first yoga + hiking retreat here in Telluride. Incredibly motivating, inspiring & challenging. We took 2 big trips to see family & friends that were amazing & absolute highlights, but also exhausting.
Holy year, batman! It’s incredible how quick those 365 days can pass.
As I’m writing the winds are howling down the main street of Telluride and I’m wondering how summer can be over already. We had a beautiful year.
The whole month of July was spent deep in practice and teaching and I loved every minute of it. August quickly changed gears into preparing for a seven day mountain-bike hut trip with my older sister. We rode 215 miles from the mountains into the red dirt of Moab. It was by far one of my grander, and more challenging, adventures. We rode out the rest of summer and fall on bikes and are now knee deep in ski season.
I grew a lot this year. The biggest hurdle was finding the balance between what I want to be doing and what I should be doing. Where is the balance, the sweet spot of life? A mantra came of it:
Grow up, ground down.
It sounds so simple, but for me, I tend to commit beyond my capacity to achieve and in doing so do not open my heart to shine brightly. A lot of laughter, humility and tears have laid the foundation for a more responsible and grown up 2015.
I planned a trip to India for this Oct/Nov but then the wedding got in the way. I feel really strongly about it and yes, the wedding was amazing but I also wish I could have gone to Mysore. I am itching to go back to this crazy place and really immerse into the ashtanga world. BUt again, I practice patience and hopefully, I get to go next year. It is THE ONE thing, I really want to do in 2015.
In 2015, I hope to take things in my stride a little better & streamline all that is going on - be a more balanced Mum, a more present partner & more thoughtful in my work.
I plan to say no more, and devote more time to things that I see in my long term future. Letting go of things that aren't serving me well will also be a top priority. I would also love to see more of our yoga trips sell, and will dedicate my time to making this happen!
A winter solstice and new moon just passed, turning things around. As I move forward into 2015 the mantra that has come is “use love”. I
In the challenging moments, the fear, the conflict we have a choice. My personal goals and challenges are to act from the heart, speak truth with grace and use love. It will surely take time, practice and patience.
The old me would have a go big or go home mentality for my future endeavors, but the more grounded me realizes it is about the milestones within the ultimate goal-chipping away at things bit by bit rather than looking at the whole picture.
I envision a life of simplicity, letting distraction fall away so I can really take care of me. As a nurturer this will be a hard task and open heart will be necessary to truly guide me.