It’s that time of the month again! The ups and downs of the last thirtyish days, the behind-the-scenes happenings, and everything non-travel related that I feel like sharing with the web.
If you’ve been a long-time reader of this series, welcome back. If this is your first visit, I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little bit better!
Without further ado…
In September 2017…
I found myself questioning everything.
A few weeks ago, I decided to take a short break from blogging. Something was off and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, and I figured a little time away from the site to reflect and recharge would help me sort out what I was feeling.
At first, it felt like this little break did the trick. This time to myself produced a lot of new ideas and I came back the following week feeling ready to put my full-time blogger hat back on. Unfortunately, that renewed enthusiasm fizzled out pretty quickly and I wound up right back where I’d started–confused, frustrated, and dangerously close to calling it quits on the whole thing.
Happier blogging times…
If you happened to catch the video I shared on Facebook though, you know that I’m not ready to do that. I know, deep down, that my location independent lifestyle is far too precious for me to give up on and that I’d never be truly happy in a job that kept me tied to one place, so don’t count on me giving up blogging anytime soon.
That being said, I do plan to explore some other avenues of generating revenue that don’t involve this blog directly. I’m particularly interested in further developing my skills as a photographer and hope to take advantage of some exciting opportunities here in my home valley.
This blog is a fantastic tool and it has helped me secure so many incredible opportunities, and for better or worse, it will continue to play a key role in my monetization strategy. But, I also believe that when something feels hard and the energy just isn’t flowing in that direction, it’s worth it to listen to that gut feeling and look to other opportunities.
Challenging though this month has been (and a shoutout to my Hans for supporting me through the emotional turmoil of it all), it has given me plentiful opportunities to continue growing and evolving, and for that, I can only be grateful.
We took a quick but lovely weekend trip to Seattle.
Several months ago, Hans’ brother and fiancee generously gifted us tickets to a Coldplay concert for our birthdays, and the day of that concert finally came this month! It also happened to coincide with a friend’s Seattle wedding, so we were able to do both in one trip.
The concert was nothing short of amazing and carried a wonderful message of love, and I came away from it an even bigger Chris Martin fan than before.
The next day, Hans had some work to do at the recording studio, so I took myself on a little solo jaunt to Mount Rainier National Park. The day was sunny and beautiful without being too chilly, and the drive through the mountains was just as picturesque as my destination.
I began a new chapter in my self-care journey.
I don’t often talk about yoga around here because it has always felt like a very personal endeavor to me–in other words, I’m not doing it for praise or recognition or even fitness, and you’ll likely never see me striking a dancer’s pose in exotic locales for Instagram likes.
But, it’s been such a powerful and transformational tool for me this past year and for that reason, it almost feels wrong not to share it with you. If it can touch someone else’s life in a similar way, it’s worth it.
Up until this month, I’ve only been practicing yoga at home, in private. I was wary of attending classes at yoga studios because I worried the spiritual aspect of the practice would get lost among people’s desire to use yoga to craft a sexy bod. And then, all of a sudden, I realized just how ridiculous that was.
I recognized that yoga can still be a personal spiritual journey while I’m surrounded by other people, regardless of those people’s intentions and whether or not spiritual growth is a mutual goal between us. Yoga can be what I need it to be while it serves a different purpose for someone else; all ways of practicing are equally valid, and the onus is on me to withhold judgment.
Furthermore, I reasoned that having some additional support from an instructor and fellow yogis would only help me grow my practice even faster.
So, this month, I made my way back to a studio for the first time since the single class I attended in Oaxaca in January. It started with a celebration of the autumnal equinox centered around singing, chanting, and setting intentions. Then, a full class.
Now, I plan to continue attending regularly and this time, I want to share all the details with you along the way. I’ve also picked up a book I bought months ago and never made the time to read until now, The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by TKV Desikachar. Because yoga is a practice that extends beyond the studio and beyond the asanas (postures), and I want to deepen my understanding of it in order to better utilize it in my daily life.
Another favorite yoga book of mine is Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater; if you’re interested in yoga’s broader applications like I was, this one is an excellent place to start exploring. I’ve read it cover to cover and still leaf through it regularly for refreshers on topics including mindfulness, fear, attachment, self-judgment, patience, and love.
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Hans had to learn this song for a wedding, and so we watched this video probably close to 50 times, and I just can’t get enough of it. Not only is the lip syncing terrible and the outfits hilariously dated, but does John Oates not look EXACTLY like Ross Geller that time he tried to take Rachel to the high school prom??
That’s all for this month…onward and upward!
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