2017 is the year of no limits! In the past I’ve held myself back for fear of failure or just intimidation of commitment. This past year has given me the confidence and strength to know that if I put my mind to something I really want, I can accomplish it. So the end of 2016 was very telling for me as I made some of the most important decisions and goals for 2017 within the past 4 months. One is the desire to start this blog. I’ve always loved reading blogs because I feel like a lot of the ones I read are very authentic and give the authors an opportunity to be their true selves to their online community, with or without the judgement that comes with publicly sharing your life. So with all of the judgment, criticism and commitment that comes with writing this blog, I’m ready for it because I am finally at a stage in my life where I am listening to myself and trusting my intuition. I am letting go of a lot of the fear and trying to truly embrace my own skin and my decisions and letting God guide the journey. I hope to document that here for you and create a space where you can come to when you need inspiration or support!
Which brings me to my next big endeavor of 2017 which is… starting my 200 hour yoga teacher training. I have been practicing yoga pretty consistently for over 5 years now and I have always felt my best on my mat. It has not only helped me to feel good about my body, but even better, it clears my mind and opens it up to all the possibilities in life! The decision was not mine alone, it really did come to me by the grace of this universe and trying to open my heart to what was my next move. I was always being asked “when are you going to get your certification?” and told “you should start teaching yoga” and that is all very flattering, but yoga school is not something you do because someone says you should. This decision and commitment has to come from within and because of my passion and desire for more mindfulness in my life. So one of my passions is teaching, and another is helping others feel good about themselves while building each other up. Yoga school seems to be the next step since it was what built me up to become more mind and body centered. It gave me the confidence to push the limits beyond what I think I can do and what I can actually do. Side note: This decision finally came to me while at a leadership training at the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute during one of the last weekends in December of 2016. This training was truly life changing, but more about that in another post.
So taking on the launch of this blog and an intensive yoga teacher training while still working 2 jobs may seem crazy, but it seems right and manageable for me right now as I try to manifest this “no limits” attitude and approach to this one and only life I have. So with that, I challenge you to take on something new, scary, intimidating or simply different. Many times we need that push to grow and to find our true purpose, but if we keep putting off our dreams and goals for another day, that day may never come. And most importantly, do it with a gentle and humble heart. Nothing good will come out of your journey if you don’t welcome the struggle, the hardship and mistakes that come with taking on something new.
Thank you for visiting the blog and reading the very first post right here. I am excited to share this journey with you.Please comment below if you have any intentions or goals you’d like to share. If we share them with others, they become more real and we tend to hold ourselves more accountable. Xoxo Ashley