Acknowledge the Progress

Happy Friday loves! I hope everyone had a fabulous week. Mine was pretty great and I definitely took my own advice to snap out of that little funk I was in a couple of weeks ago.

I can’t believe it’s already been two months since my final weekend of Yoga Teacher Training. It feels like it’s been two weeks but also feels like a lifetime ago at the same exact time. Weird how that happens.

I’m the type of person who is always looking forward to accomplishing something else. Adding to the bucket list and just trying to check things off. I realized, along with I’m sure many others, I consistently focus on the things I have yet to accomplish. In six months I want to do this, in a year I want to visit this place, in five years I want to be here.

Sometimes in the process of thinking up our dreams we can lose site of the progress we have already made. Having goals is important but the very end point shouldn’t be the only thing we are striving for. Because without all of the steps in between, the uphill battles, the downhill rides, we wouldn’t appreciate the accomplishment once we arrive, if we ever even do arrive.

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If I look back at the past six months of my life, it’s pretty incredible what I have accomplished.

I began and completed Yogaversity. I spent 10 weekends and 200 hours, digging deep into my heart, opening up to new experiences, and learning the most I ever have about myself and others in such a short period. I started to feel the most alive I have ever felt.

Since completing Yoga Teacher Training I taught my first class at my mom’s gym. It was mostly beginners and a whole lot more people than I expected…but I did it!

I found a studio down the street from my house, Bend, that recently opened. Then I found out that the owner was trained by my teachers! Meant to be? I’d like to think so.

The owner and beautiful yoga teacher of that sweet little studio asked me to start subbing a few weekend classes. I’ve taught twice there already and will be twice more this weekend.

I was lucky to have met some great girls from Lululemon who asked me to teach one of their free community classes. I taught two weekends in a row because Bend just happens to be the studio of the month. Coincidence?

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I taught a beginners class to a group of high school football players. The head coach is a good friend and wanted to test it out as part of their training. Well the coaches and players loved it and said that it felt great! It just so happened that apparently a tweet of mine mentioning this was seen by the local newspaper. And low and behold, as I was teaching a journalist and photographer walked in. They published an article that week about bringing Yoga to High School athletes. I must be dreaming.

The coach asked me to teach the team throughout their fall season about once per week!

Bend offered me a permanent class of my very own come fall.

Wow, even just writing this down it’s like I’m seeing it for the first time. I’ve accomplished a lot in such a short time. And I’m not writing this post to brag or to say hey look at me. I’m writing it to inspire you. To first and foremost go after what you want. And second, to take a moment to look at the progress you’ve made to get there already.

Maybe it’s a promotion at work, or to change your diet, or to try something new. Instead of focusing on what you haven’t accomplished yet, look at the progress, big or small, that you have already made.

What you put out into the world, reflects back on you. Go after what you want and relish in every single baby step that it takes to get there. Savor the moments in between and take time to acknowledge the progress you’ve made.
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6 Comments

  1. Jessica Lawlor says:

    Holy crap! You have so much to be proud of right now. I can’t believe how many awesome opportunities you’re creating 🙂 I hope to take one of your classes one day! xo

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