As I reminisced over this past year, another realization dawned on me – my blog hit two years old July 30th and I did nothing to celebrate! What a bad bad Blog Mommy I am! So although I am almost a month late, I want to take this time to review everything that has happened to this baby in the past year. I did a similar review on my one year anniversary and I really enjoyed it so I hope you will too!
This time last year I wrote a post on the True Meaning of Letting Go - a popular read amongst my readers and definitely something you should check out if you’re struggling to release your hold on an unpleasant situation/thought in your life. In my personal life, summer of 2011 was consumed with Yoga Teacher Training, August being no different. I did share a story from my past that was pretty hard for me to write at the time. Now as I read it again, I smile at the growth I exhibited in the past year and the healing my heart has gone through. It pains me no more to look at that time in my life and I am happy to report that the saying “time heals everything” is absolutely ALWAYS true.
September was a time where I began to find my voice and started standing up for myself. I went through a pretty traumatizing endeavor, took both a Laughing Lotus and Jivamukti yoga class and compared the two, and confessed my reasoning for hating going to the gym. In October I started by participating in a few Photo a Day challenges with a little “T-ism”. That quickly ended when my computer crashed one morning and I lost all my data. Luckily it was all recuperated but I definitely went through a small meltdown! The biggest part of October, however, was the conclusion of my YTT. It was by far one of the most transformational events of my life and I miss my fellow graduates terribly!
I wrote a little How To on finding a good YTT program as well as a how I learned to love myself post, a topic I am working on till this day. On the plus side of November, I was honored to be published on YogaDork. On the downside, I was asked to leave my current apartment and find a new place to live. Despite the bad news, I was able to give gratitude to all the bad things in my life, begin to dream, and entered December with the concept that We Are Enough and in the spirit of a 25 Day Yogathon.
December 2012 marked the end of the War in Iraq and the War of Finding a New Apartment. I settled into my new place, which was walking distance from my work and my yoga studio. Not too shabby! I wrote a whole post on reflecting on 2011 and intention setting for 2012 and I happily celebrated the new year in New York City with a few friends, flowing with Dana Flynn the first day of the year and starting 2012 strong! That first day of 2012 I realized I have to enroll in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a few weeks later, I was in!
I wrote a short response to the huge NYT article about yoga wrecking havoc to the body and as well as a Meditation 101 post on the basics of a typical sitting meditation. During January I struggled with restorative yoga (blame the monkey mind!) and teamed up with Sprout Yoga to help elevate their organization. February took me on the road for work where I learned all about the importance of balance and calming the wanting mind. The best part of February is that I was mentioned in the Washingtonian as one of the top 8 yoga bloggers to know!
Both March and April were pretty mellow months. I worked hard, yoga-ed hard, and took on way too much. I struggled with feelings of stagnation, comparing myself to others, and realized how true the saying is that our internal world is a reflection of our exterior world. I explained the importance of sadhana and wrote about my Iyengar yoga experience. And then big news hit mid-April that I will no longer have my job. I decided to take this time to make the move to NYC. I dealt with a LOT of fear, and worked on trusting that as long as you practice, all will come.
May was the month that I moved my blog from blogger to wordpress. The hardest part of May was getting rejected from a job I really wanted in NYC. However, there were several highs including going to Yoga Service Council Conference, learning that I want to serve the world, and attending Krishna Das weekend at Yogaville for the second year in a row. I started writing for Intent and moved to south Jersey for a change of pace!
June was difficult in terms of adjust to a new home but fun because of all the traveling I got to do. I entered a new relationship, took a trip out to San Fran, and wrote a synopsis of all my changes. At the end of June I took a three week vaca to visit my family in Brasil which was much needed. When I got back, it was time to buckle down. I officially launched my health coach business, and landed a gig working with Lululemon. Now it’s almost September and I cannot wait for what the rest of this year will bring me. It’s funny how I remember feeling so low and raw several times this year but when I look back, my life is nothing but one big blessed energy. It just goes to show that we must appreciate it ALL.