Wow! It's hard to believe it's already the last month of 2017! This has been one of my favorite years so far. I have had so many amazing adventures and received so much direction for my future. That isn't to say it hasn't been without its challenges, though, and it has been so full of unexpected change!
Since my last post, I hosted my first Relaxation Yoga Retreat to the Algarve, Portugal. It was amazing, and far exceeded my expectations for my first retreat!
It was so, so great to be back in Portugal, and beyond leading the retreat, I also got to spend some much needed time with my sweet grandfather.
During the retreat, I'm grateful to report that everything went well. I learned so much, and my biggest take-away was probably that I can't wait to lead more retreats in the future!
The people who attended couldn't have been hand selected to be a better, more cohesive group... each one added something so special and unique to the dynamic.
We realized how perfect it was that the six of us were together in that space and at that time (I'll write more about that specifically very soon), and lifelong friendships were solidified.
The other big lesson I learned was that in order to make room for the Best, sometimes God needs us to let go of the 'good.' My relationship with Steven ended upon my return. There was nothing ugly or terrible about the relationship, and I knowingly walked away from a very good human being, knowing nothing more than that love and compatibility -- while necessary -- are simply not enough to sustain a relationship for a lifetime. Instead, what we had was meant to be lovely for a time, but we found in time that there was an expiration date on our time together.
Since returning, I have also stopped teaching at Yoga Lemon. That was the most difficult decision I've made in this profession, yet it became necessary once I realized the level of toxicity of that working relationship. That opportunity also seems to have had an expiration date, as heartbroken as I am to acknowledge this. Although I am no longer struggling with my decision (it was practically made for me -- over $400 in unpaid classes and hurtful text messages from the studio's owner later), I am still struggling with missing seeing my favorite students every week. I am holding onto the hope that I will only be blessed with better opportunities after letting go of this particularly toxic one.
This is all difficult to share, and that's part of why it's been so long since my last post. I have also been busy looking for other local studios in which to offer my classes and healing services, as well as plan upcoming retreats. I will keep you posted on all of that as things develop further. For now, I am going to keep this post short, telling myself that I can (and will) save some for another day soon.
I will also share some of my favorite tips, tricks, and recipes to stay balanced during this busiest time of year. Do you have any requests for things like healthier versions of seasonal treats, grounding yoga sequences, or themed guided meditations? Email me or leave a comment if so!
Thank you for following along. If you know of any studios, local or otherwise, that would be willing to host me for workshops or training, I'd love to hear about it! I also am filling my private lesson appointments through the end of the year, and am offering holistic wellness counseling package options that will increase at the beginning of the year. Please email me for availability.
May God bless you and keep you! You are loved!
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