Wow wow wow! Hello my long lost readers! We’ve been apart for soooo long and if you ask me, I’d say it’s been TOOOOO long! I know, I know, I will take complete responsibility for this one. I have just been stretched a weeeeeeee bit thin these days, focusing all my energy on Yoga teacher training, Elementary Ed test taking, summer vacation planning, and all the other itty bitty details that fill up the days of our lives. I am definitely not complaining, however. I have experienced more personal growth in the past 2 months than I have in the past 2 years, and for that, I am infinitely grateful.
To be completely honest, I have never felt so overwhelmed in my life. Seriously. I ‘accidentally’ got wrapped up in teacher training AND working towards passing testing prerequisites for a Master’s program at the same time. Like, it all happened on the same day. So, I have had to learn patience, time management, patience, self care, patience, and when to put the bottle of wine back in the cabinet. This is where I have been spending most of my free time…
That being said though, I have pushed myself so much further than I thought I could possibly go, and am learning to trust myself in the process. Sometimes, the hardest part of it all is just sitting back and letting it all soak in. One day at a time, one bite at a time, just step by step, making my way. After all, it’s about the journey, not the destination, right!?
As many of you know, I THRIVE on balance. Like, love love love balance, and should probably consider getting a tattoo one day that says ‘I LOVE BALANCE’ across my chest. Just kidding. Kinda. Sorta. No really, I’m kidding. I work very hard at trying to keep the perfect balance in my life, never faltering too much one way or another, just a niiiiice, happy medium. If things are feeling way too yin, I throw in a lot of yang. If yang is getting outta control, I do whatever is necessary to counteract that with some yin. And I have built my life around this; trying not to put myself in situations where anything is out of equilibrium. In fact, I pretty much avoid this unsteadiness at all costs. But this is where life gets clever. Just when you think you’ve got everything under control, and are coasting steadily on the wave of life, a huge shark comes out of no where and snags you from that perfect wave! (Don’t worry, you still live, just a minor scratch right above the ankle. 2 stitches, no biggie.) The universe puts things in our paths that are designed to teach us lessons, bring our consciousness to new heights, and challenge us in ways we never imagined were possible. I, my dear friends, have been feeling my strong roots being shaken heavily, and am learning that it is an ongoing practice to keep myself grounded, calm and moving forward. There have been tears, there have been thoughts about quitting, and there have been many phone calls to my family who oh-so-patiently talks me off the ledge. However, I am still holding on, and continuing to move forward.
All this time, I have been sitting at my sweet little antique desk, my head buried in books, taking notes, making flashcards, that when I finally looked up and outside my window, guess what I saw…!?!?!? ?
It’s here! It’s here! It’s here! FY-NULL-EEEEEEEEE! Us Seattleites have been waiting a lonnnnnnng time to get a dose of sunshine, and alas, the time has come. We have had so many beautiful sunny days in the past few weeks, and it feels like pure heaven.
Flowers are sprouting up all over, lawns are being mowed, gardens are being planted, it is true blue Seattle Spring, once again.
My favorite part of Spring is that one day, that shows up ever so quietly, and coaxes you into taking that extra blanket off the bed. Just all the sudden! The weather is a little warmer, the windows stay open throughout the night, and home life begins to transition with the warmer days. It is so satisfying to turn the heating dial to ‘off’, tuck the winter comforter back under the bed, store the heavy winter coats away in the closet, and break out all the things that represent a fresh new season; pastel dish towels hung from kitchen hooks, a light, airy quilt on the back edge of the sofa, the thick curtains pushed way open, allowing sunshine to flood through the windows. This is the good stuff, the stuff that makes me love living in the Pacific Northwest, because I actually get to experience seasons! Of course, there are days when the rain likes to pop back in and remind us that Seattle is it’s home. And, of course, we welcome it back with open arms.
There is nothing like those strong rays of sunshine hitting your back to remind us that warm days will soon be here to stay- at least for a few months. 🙂 I hope you too enjoy this wonderful Spring season, whether you are feeling balanced, unbalanced, or anywhere in between. Just try and stay on the wave….with meeeeeee!!
Happy Spring friends!