It’s Now or Never

Hey friends! Thank you for your patience during my hibernation this last week. The point we find ourselves at in our journey has taken a challenging direction. Although I really enjoy and benefit immensely from sharing the experience here on the blog, we have now reached a segment that we are not prepared to openly navigate, while we also wading through the waters ourselves. Your continued prayers and support are so cherished – we have felt them all, each and every step of the way. Thank you for understanding at this precious time and in the meantime I do plan to continue sharing stories from the start of this experience.

For today I am sharing with you a recent discovery I made while taking some time to recenter. Over the past few months I have given my best to the role of caregiver and have started to feel a little lost. Initially I chalked it up to exhaustion and the general roller coaster lifestyle – but I think deep down I was feeling disconnected to my world … yet life just kept marching on without me. As luck would have it one of my best gal pals, Libby shared with me her new health regiment while joining me for my birthday facial: yoga!

She has found this amazing little studio that incorporates meditation, offers a tea bar, and creates a very peaceful environment. It sounded perfect, plus they have a beginner package that was a great opportunity to try it out and save a few bucks. The only down side was the location in her neighborhood, which means it is 30 minutes from me. But oddly enough driving is one of my favorite things to relax the mind – so it sorta seemed like a win-win!

After pondering it a little and taking a look at the website I wanted to give it a try!! For awhile I have been talking about taking an actual yoga class (I liked the DVDs and at home sessions I used) and what a perfect opportunity: a partner who would help with beginner jitters and give me the motivation to get there, something to center me, and it would secure a few hours a week to get back to being a whole person. So away I went.

We don’t just Yoga together…. we share fashion ideas – to a T
February 2017

Well the classes were AWESOME. The instructors are so incredibly kind, helpful, and offer such a soothing approach to how they teach the class and interact with the students. Starting and ending each class with a meditation has helped me to really find a place of neutral for my brain and my body. And now seeing a good friend several times a week – even if it is just for a minutes of chatter before and after class…. and some smiles when our yoga practice is bit creative (not being able to complete a position is way easier to except when you can laugh with someone)…. has given me this extra boost to get through the week. Yoga days have turned out to be just what I needed to breath a little deeper.

The funny thing is I don’t think it is just a result of the classes or the endorphins that are making me feel so good. A big part of it is that I am doing something I have been wanting to try. Two weekends ago I was watching the Gilmore Girls “A Year in the Life” Netflix special (again – yes) while doing some paperwork and the part where Lorelai answers Luke’s question of why she wants to go on this special adventure that is completely out of character and comes out of the clear blue, flahed across my laptop. Do you know what she says? “It is now or never.” And since that moment I can’t stop thinking about how I always like the notion of yoga or figured someday I would be one of those people who carries a yoga mat around and catches a class after work…. yet here I am in my 30s having never even come close to trying it. And why? When did I think that would eventually happen? Would it just happen on its own somehow? No! Things in your life can only happen if you make them happen – and just like that I made it happen. Do I go to yoga daily? Nope! Am I any good? Who knows? Am I now a devoted yogi forever? Not necessarily. But I have taken this step to make it a part of my life and that action alone has me feel excited, empowered, and energized for what other areas of life I could be waiting on.

Is there something you have been wanting to try? Is there a group you have been meaning to join? Is there a hobby that interests you? I am here to say – don’t wait! Take a step towards experiencing it and I bet you will be surprised by the pride you will have in yourself (even if it is as simple as a Google search for something you want to try). You will feel like you have actually started living, instead of just waiting to start. And if you are local and yoga is your thing I can’t say enough good things about Tranquil Space.

Let me know what activity you have decided to try your hand at. Share what steps you have taken to achieve that goal – and get excited for what longtime dream you might actually be now reaching for as a possibility.

Thank you so much for reading and remember to make it a great day!
Jackie


2 thoughts on “It’s Now or Never

  1. I’m so glad to see yoga is something you’re taking advantage of. I’ve been doing yoga off and on for a couple of years now and love it! It’s fantastic for overall muscles strength, core strength and mind settling we can all benefit from. Sometimes it takes a while to get into it but looks like you’re connected with a good yoga group. Hope you continue to enjoy it as much as I do. And I don’t do yoga everyday either. Sometimes it’s hard for me to even get one session in a week, at home, on my own or in a class, but I always find it helps me physically and mentally reset. And I can’t lie, I recently I’ve tried to incorporate a few of these practices into daily life. Once on a very long plane ride and a few times in the office. One of my yoga teachers is great at reminding us, yoga is about you and your yoga practice, so try and approach it without judgement, competition, consideration for mistakes, and limitations. This has really helped me focus on what I want and ultimately get out of my yoga. Hope you continue to be well and take care of yourself!

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    1. It really has been awesome and for all the reasons you said – the mental side has surprised me! Guess I really did need it! Thank you for sharing Toby and for your encouragement! Got my next class tomorrow night!!

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