Can I be honest with you?
2015 was rough. Like, super rough. And it was all because of last year's resolution...
It started off well enough. I was celebrating in DC last new year's eve, wondering where my life would take me in the next 365 days.
In January 2015 I had a "good job" with a steady salary, two and a half years' worth of awesome friends nearby, and was teaching at my favorite yoga studio in the nation's capital.
On the surface, things probably looked great, but deep in my heart I was miserable with my life. I wanted out of my job. I wanted to be a creative entrepreneur. I wanted to find love. And, I was still harboring this decade old pipe dream of moving to a city by the Bay.
So on January 1st, I resolved that 2015 would be the year I would finally start to do all of the above.
One month later, I gave my boss notice and dove headfirst into entrepreneurship. Then in August, I leapt with faith across country to my beloved Northern California.
And that's when the shit-storm started!
In case you don't know what it's like to move across country, let me tell you. It's like stirring a big pot of boiling stew that is your life, until anything and everything deep within you bubbles up to the surface and spills over the brim. That's how it goes with pretty much any major life transition.
The last four months have presented challenges, breakdowns, breakthroughs, new relationships, and exciting opportunities. I've been brought to my knees in tears and prayer as I searched for housing and worked my way into this very competitive yoga industry. (Watch my favorite new web series Namaste, Bitches for a hilarious account of the yoga world - belated Merry Christmas BTW, it's that funny.) I lost my mind temporarily -- multiple times -- with the stress of running my essential oil business, and had a major reality check when I realized I was potentially jeopardizing my own success and others'. I've also learned what it means to be closer to family, and that the world doesn't revolve around me.
But here's the real moral of the story: 2015 was rough, but it was also awesome. I believe that some of the best things in life are rough around the edges... take for instance gemstones, salt scrubs, and sex ;-)
Because, when something is a challenge, it means that thing probably has the capacity to drastically change your life for the better.
Thanks to 2015, I'm living in the place I've been dreaming about since I was a sophomore in high school. I've landed teaching gigs in the East Bay and SF, and led my first yoga retreat in Mexico. I've lit a fire under my ass to be successful in 2016 and am rebuilding those business relationships on a foundation of communication, healing, and trust. And then, there's this feeling that my heart is ready for more...
I'm grateful for this last year and all that it's offered, but boy am I ready for it to be over! As an Aries, there are few things that get me more excited and inspired than a clean slate and a new beginning. New Year's Eve happens to be my favorite celebration of the whole year.
So, as we wrap up the last few hours of 2015, I hope we all take the time to find an intention of forgiveness in our hearts for all the things that we or others did wrong, didn't do, or didn't do well.
My wish for all of us is to spend 2016 living, breathing, and sharing our truth while creating a life of abundance, happiness, and love.
May you be safe.
May you be happy.
May you be healthy.
May you live with peace and freedom.
To 2016 ~ Happy New Year!
Special announcement for reading all the way to the bottom!
Tomorrow, January 1st, I will be opening bookings for my next retreat: