It’s been some time since I posted. So here’s whats been up… From June to September, I’ve done a bunch of nothing (just about)! I’ve decided this summer I wanted to take off. No work, no yoga, it would be a summer of what I wanted. I wanted to relax and explore. I had plans to go to Africa for a couple of months. I wanted to volunteer my time for the charity I ran for in the Pittsburgh Marathon. Unfortunately, there was no room available. At a later date space did become available, but I did not have the funds. So maybe next year? Logistics will need to be thought out.
So plan b… I’ll go to North Carolina and live with my friends on their new sailboat! Well, that didn’t happen either. My thought was to give myself a week or two to relax and get my things together before I leave. But those couple of weeks of no obligations was fantastic. I was so content with staying home. I didn’t need to leave to find happiness. It was in my own backyard. I read books, took yoga classes, created yoga classes, ate fresh fruits and veggies and enjoyed it! I went to Ohiopyle to swim and hike, to be with great friends and to make new friends. While in Ohiopyle, I did work a few days on the river. But to me that isn’t work. That’s fun!
I did go to the beach in July with my aunt and her friends just for a few days. I even got to paddle board in the ocean and swim with the dolphins early in the morning! I attended a concert over the summer (didn’t go to as many as usual) and I went to my first professional soccer match with a friend I’ve worked with for years on the river.
I did begin to slowly bring myself back to work July 15th. This was the date I committed to slowly start things back up. I began to teach my Wednesday evening yoga classes and started my two-day a week color guard practices. Mid August everything went full throttle. Yoga, marching band, transferring to a new school for work but then I got transferred back to BVA.
So, what about now? Well while working full-time, teaching yoga classes, and working for the marching band, I am going back to school full-time and making great grades. I’m studying Sports Management:Wellness and Fitness. I hope to be able to take this out into school districts and help promote a healthy lifestyle for young children. It has been quite exhausting lately. It’s the end of September and things are beginning to slow down. I’m hoping this will leave me some more time for homework and downtown time to relax.
Some goals of mine; get back on my exercise regimen. I found running back in January. It was a life changer! But I lost it over summer. I ran in a relay team in the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 5th, 2014. Up until that point, I have never felt so good in my life. I felt light and airy, energetic, happy! I want to get that feeling back. I was never a fan of running. But damn did that change. It challenged me mentally and physically. I am now debating to either do the half marathon or full marathon next year. When do you know your ready? While getting back into running, I want to transition into a vegan diet. I consume mostly a vegan diet as it is but I want to be more solid in it. I want to find my yoga practice expanding. I’ve been feeling stuck for a very long time in my teaching. My goal is to practice more myself. Attend yoga workshops, classes, etc. I want to go to more vegan potlucks, yoga activities, etc that are offered in Pittsburgh. I would even like to check out the PA Grand Canyon this fall. I want to make a commitment to blog more often. Have a daily meditation practice.
Overall, I want to feel a sense of calm. I want happiness. I want positivity to radiate. Sometimes we need a break. Maybe a day, maybe a couple of months, or maybe even years. What ever drives you and makes you happy, do it! When did being busy or unhappy with what you’re doing become a fashion statement? Why are so quick to argue with someone about how much busier we are than them? Let go. Do less so you can feel and be more.