I have to say I was a bit nervous about turning 30. I had been on vacation the whole week leading up to it and I just felt like- ok- I’m old now (for the record I know I’m not old). I’m not in my 20’s anymore! My closest friends threw me a HUGE surprise party and I realized how lucky I was.
Life is something to be celebrated. It is too often that we (myself included) let stress take over when we don’t like our job, the way we look, feel like we don’t work out enough, have bills to pay, and not enough free time just to name a few things. But something I realized is that even after I’ve gone though all of that stuff in my own life- is that my life is full of people (and my cat and a few material possessions like my iPhone) who make me smile and laugh and make my heart full of love every day.
I’ve never been a super spiritual yoga teacher even though I like those types of classes- but through my own physical and mental practice of yoga- I can see where I go and how I react when something hard, challenging, and stressful happens. I don’t like to breath, I want to eat pizza, drink champagne, and lay in my bed under the covers (all with the ac blasting and fan blowing on me). I don’t want to confront my own reality and make changes because that’s the difficult part. But the truth is- these things are so small in comparison to all the amazing, wonderful, and rewarding things I’ve accomplished in my 30 years.
So the next time you want to run away- take the reigns instead and ask yourself what it is that you want and how you’re going to make it happen.
When my friends threw my surprise party (with probably close to 30 or 40 people there including my parents!) I didn’t know what to say. I couldn’t and still can’t exactly describe the feeling I had inside of my chest that made me feel so good. But when I’m feeling down I think about that moment. That moment (and all of August clearly when I was going out, being taken out and celebrating all month long) made me feel loved. There’s no other way to say it. That and when I see my students eyes light up when I’ve helped them into a headstand.
To put it simply, just remember to enjoy. And celebrate. And THANK YOU to every single one of you for being part of my journey three decades long!
In life one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day- or to celebrate each special day. ~Rasheed Ongunlaru
And here’s a celebration video. I know everyone knows the song but I love the video.
**I know SO many of you have been dying for a blog post and finally here it is. I have thought about writing every day and well- I just took a little vacation. I will have some recipes and play lists for you later this week. I’d love if you left a comment letting me know anything you’d like me to post about. <3**