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Every now and again you need to take a step back and remember what you’re doing here. What are your dreams and goals? What makes you get excited, in that giddy loser smile across your face type of way?

I am flighty.

There, is said it! Well, maybe flighty isn’t the right word…. I change my mind a lot.

I have a hard time staying in one place for too long. So when I feel like my life is no longer moving forward in any aspect, I normally rid myself of that part of life no matter how tough. The problem is that I sometimes regret getting rid so quickly. So I’m trying to change the way I look at things. In order to keep myself happy, I must keep moving forward. In order to keep moving forward, I must have goals to work towards.

I set goals in January, and I think it might be time to have a little check in with how I’m doing.

1. Practice yoga everyday, even if I can only manage a few salutations or a long savassana
-I must admit, I’m not doing the best job at this. I try to blame being tired from growing a baby, but it’s simply a habit that I am not quite there with yet.

2. Meditate every day
– Ummm…. fail. I’ll try harder to suck less at this one!

3. Write something here, every day
– Well, everyday was an ambitious statement I guess, but I am at least getting here once a week or so.

4. Become more active in my local yoga community
– This one is coming. I am making the connections I need to burst into this goal!

5. Record and publish a meditation CD
– The wheels are in motion, stay tuned.

6. Read one new book every month (related to something educational)
– Everyone warned my about how hard this goal was, and they were all right! I haven’t finished my January book yet let alone a February or March book…. ugh… hard

7. Indulge in my new found love of design by sewing, building and painting things for our condo to my hearts content
– This I’ve been doing pretty good at. Looking up little crafts etc on Pintrest and really getting my house the way I envision it.

8. Be an active mom. Take baby to social settings, classes and play dates
– Baby’s not here yet, so I get a pass 🙂

9. Be a better friend. Accept invitations even if it’s not quite my scene, and make more of an effort to create plans.
– I can honestly say I’m doing a better job with this. Though it freaks some of my friends out.

10. Change for the better. Watch less tv, go for longer walks, paint, visit museums, see shows and continue to live the life that Greg and I have carved out for ourselves. One of culture, health and continual growth.
– It’s getting there, one step at a time!

How are you doing with your 2013 goals?

Check out this really interesting article that helped me this week (click the title at the bottom of the post and it will open the article in this window). It helps shed light on why we might not be reaching our goals, and how we can curb our behavior in order to get there.

What are your goals for this year?

Now that we’re 30 days into the year, are you still going strong, is it still happening for you?

Sharing my goals with all of you has helped me stay accountable… if you’d like the support, feel free to share them here with me. We can get there together!

 

Reaching Goals Article

I did not fall off. Well, maybe for a moment, or three days to be exact, but I’m back on. I am wholeheartedly back on the wagon.

For three full days I did not write in this blog. I did not practice yoga at home. I did not meditate. Bad, bad yogi! I allowed myself to fall back into old habits. The only good thing from this? I remembered why I have these new goals, what they’re worth to me, and I came back to the light side.

I just finished an invigorating flow practice that told me all I needed to know about how important staying on the wagon is. My abs were shaking, my arms got tired, and I was at times even short of breath. This is certainly not due to the three days off alone. This is because I have slowly declined in my practice since finding out I was pregnant. At first it was because I felt ill and tired (as all newly human growing women feel)… and then, well then it was too late. The “I’ll do it tomorrow” excuse lasted for far too long. My personal practice got shorter, and shall I say, more…. gentle? And then, before I knew it, it was all over. So much of the strength I had worked for was gone. Just like that!

So today’s practice was not only a gentle reminder of my recent lack of effort but also a soft nudge in the direction of my goals. As I held high plank, my mind says “how are you ever going to grace the cover of an international retreat brochure, or maybe one day even Yoga Journal (opps, I just let out one of my secret desires) if you look shaky and red faced in all of your slightly more difficult than usual postures”? Well to that I say, you’re right. See this is the other little voice. Not the mean spirited one that tries to keep you on the couch, but the one who reminds you every day that you’re working towards something great, so you better get out from under the covers and try a little harder.

So there you have it. I have returned. I will try a little harder. I will read myself my goals every minute of every day if I have to in order to keep myself motivated. Most of all, I will remember to respect myself enough to keep my commitments.

Coming up in the next week or so are some truly fascinating events! Friday morning my seven year old niece has an African dance presentation at school. Friday evening is The Gift Of 2013 event hosted by lululemon. The weekend is filled with dance rehearsals, hockey games and nursery set-up. And Monday…. well…. Monday is my lululemon ambassador photo shoot (eeeeeep!). Stay tuned for juicy details.

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It’s days like today that remind me why my husband and I make such a good pair. Besides the fact that he is the only person that I’ve ever met that not only accepts, but actually participates in my extravagant weirdness, he also rivals my sense of humor like no other. Finding someone that gets your jokes, and makes you laugh in return, priceless. But the most important part of it all…. someone that you don’t want to kill half way through a renovation.

Today was a particularly tough day in our renos. We were tackling the floors in the master bedroom (we are laying laminate wood floors and have already completed the main living areas last weekend). The work was moving slowly. The cuts were rough and finicky. And we got about half the amount done that we had planned today. Yet at the end of it all, we are still happy to be working together and accomplishing something new. That’s how you know you’ve find the right one, making it through the rough reno days!

Greg also does something very important for me that no one else has ever been able to do… push me to achieve more. Whether it be a significant other, family member, or friend, I think everyone needs someone that makes them look at their goals in a new light. I certainly have that. Greg is incredibly supportive, almost to an annoyance. Sometimes you just want someone to say, “no, that’s a stupid idea”, because your idea is so audacious and scary that you’re not sure you should even indulge the thought. But luckily (or like I said, sometimes unluckily) I have someone who listens to my crazy ideas, thinks them through, and more often then not says “I think you can do”. Man alive! What an amazing thought. Someone who has more faith in you and your abilities than you have in yourself.

So needless to say I have very little excuses to not follow my dreams. He has loved me when I wasn’t working and wanted to devote myself full time to yoga. He has supported me when I’ve chosen to change majors… go back to school, again…. and even now as I take a much needed break from my continuous cycle of academia. So of course, not at all to my surprise, he’s seeing me through my next set of goals, and has even gone as far as to say he looks forward to reading these blog posts.

Why do you need someone like this? Because of that damn little voice again. We need someone to override that hairy little beast in our heads telling us that we’re crazy for dreaming big. The last thing we need in our lives are living breathing people uttering those same negative things. Most of the time the “friends” that talk you out of pursuing big goals, are the ones who are jealous of you for having the gumption to even state your goals out loud. 

We need to surround ourselves with people who encourage the pursuit of excellence while at the same time helping us identify a great idea from a terrible one (like the time I wanted to be a smoothie millionaire…. I’m a bit of a “head in the clouds” kinds of dreamer). Not all ideas are practical, safe or even logical, and having someone to point that out to you can keep you from investing your hard earned time and money in a complete and utter failure.

You must ask yourself, why wouldn’t you seek the companion of these types of people? Cut loose the friends that allow you to settle. Go out and find people who have the same thirst for life as you, or even more. If you surround yourself with dreamers who have the follow through to become achievers, it will begin to rub off, I promise. The most important part of these people in your life… they keep you accountable. Like I’ve said before, it’s really easy to tell you people you have goals and really hard to show people that you’re achieving them.

Find them, friend them, and do the same thing for them that you hope they will do for you. Push them harder, keep them accountable, and you will always have a forward moving partnership. A partner in crime.

 

 

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Wednesdays are the busiest day of the week for me. I teach two yoga classes during the day and then off to the dance studio for five and  a half hours. I always find that on Tuesday night I’m a little bummed knowing that I have lots to do the next day. Then in the morning I drag my heels a little bit while walking the dog, knowing that looming at the end of the walk is an activity filled 12 or so hours. Yet it’s this weird phenomenon, as I get to the yoga studio (I teach at Soul Hot yoga in McKenzie Towne) around 9:15 my mood changes. I walk in the door and all of a sudden the thoughts of my “busy day” melt away and all I can do is smile…. because I love my job. And when you love what you do, it very rarely feels like work.

So why does our brain trick us into thinking that we are not going to enjoy ourselves? I know that though Wednesday is a long day, I’m always happy the entire way through. I’ve taught long Wednesdays for months now, and every time it’s the same, I always end up having a great day. Is it our brains way of talking us out of things? Taking the laziest route possible? I’m pretty sure that’s what mine is doing.

The majority of my goals for this year all centre around the same thing… not being lazy! It’s so easy to sleep in, watch tv and stay at home all day rather than doing chores or finishing errands. I am particularly talented at convincing myself the couch is the best place for me. I sit down to watch a single pvr’d show, and suddenly it’s been three hours and Greg’s about to come home. So I jump up with a start and speed clean something in the house so it at least appears as though I’ve accomplished something with my afternoon. I’m sure everyone’s done that once or twice….. right?

The problem is that the same little voice that convinces us to stay home on a Friday night is the one that’s preventing us from reaching our full potential in life. The time that I spend doing, quite literally, nothing, could be spent taking steps towards where I would like to end up. So I’m putting a stop to my little voice here and now. The moment it starts to pipe up, trying to convince me to stay in my comfortable safe place, I will get up. I will do something more with my time. I will turn off the tv on my breaks between classes and I will take that hour to read a book, walk my dog, or tidy my house. I will think enough of myself and of my time to spend it wisely. I have more potential than my little voice is giving me credit for.

Today I got home from my first class around 11:15, I had a healthy snack while watching a half hour pvr (which turns into 24 mins…. and it was Cornation Street… watching this show a half hour a day is a non negotiable in my life!). When my show finished I got up and swept the floor, as our renovations are supplying a constant amount of dust, and then sat down at the computer to write this. When I finish I will have time to take Buddy for a walk before heading back to Soul for 1:15. I can do this. I can keep this going throughout the rest of my day, week, year… and maybe even my lifetime.

So here’s to doing more with our time. Trying harder to be someone that we are proud of. And growing, each day, in the direction of our goals.

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The start of the new year always brings with it an evaluation of the past and the anticipation of what’s to come. This year the life changes that are on my horizon seem so dramatically altering, I thought it would be best to document them. If for no other reason than to be able to look back and confirm the memories I have created.

The biggest change is of course the fact that my husband and I are expecting our first born child. Our little baby girl is due May 9th, so I’m sure it goes without saying that I expect my entire life to turn upside down (in the best possible way) throughout the remainder of 2013.

I’ve also found my dharma (that which my life is meant to do), and for those that know me it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that I  identify yoga as my dharma. It’s nothing new, I’ve always known, but it sure is liberating to make the decision! It doesn’t mean that I am choosing to turn my back on dance (I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to leave it), it just means that my heart is very clear on its long term preference. So what does that change? It simply puts a new focus on my path and the direction that I am trying to go. I would like to teach globally, become an author, publish meditation materials, and one day even teach new teachers to teach. Most of these things are my long Long term goals, but goals none the less. So where to begin? It’s already started! I will be spending 2013 as a lululemon ambassador for my local South Centre store in Calgary Alberta.

Beyond these two giant changes, we are renovating our condo. We’ve decided that just because we are having a baby doesn’t mean we need to move directly into a single family home. We purchased a condo in 2007, it has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and more than enough space for the two of us, our ten pound dog, a rather large cat, and our little bundle of joy (at least for the first year of her life). So instead of moving, we are falling in love with our home all over again, by changing little pieces.

I hope to write each day, in order to ground myself and reconnect with my goals. Why did I choose to start today instead of January 1st? It took me about a week to decide that I am committed enough to my goals and my future to display them in a public forum. So what are the goals for 2013?

  1. Practice yoga everyday, even if I can only manage a few salutations or a long savassana
  2. Meditate every day
  3. Write something here, every day
  4. Become more active in my local yoga community
  5. Record and publish a meditation CD
  6. Read one new book every month (related to something educational)
  7. Indulge in my new found love of design by sewing, building and painting things for our condo to my hearts content
  8. Be an active mom. Take baby to social settings, classes and play dates
  9. Be a better friend. Accept invitations even if it’s not quite my scene, and make more of an effort to create plans.
  10. Change for the better. Watch less tv, go for longer walks, paint, visit museums, see shows and continue to live the life that Greg and I have carved out for ourselves. One of culture, health and continual growth.

Until tomorrow…. thanks for indulging me.