Change or Regret? Which would you choose?

by tinareale on January 5, 2015

life change

A new year has begun. And now the first Monday of a new year has come…so you know it’s officially ON now, right? People from all around embrace this season as a time of revival. To renew our commitments to goals. To refresh our spirits and willpower. To recommit to the areas in life we want to grow and prosper.

For some it’s not a huge life shift to make these things happen, but the small everyday changes we make that can add up over time to create the lives we desire. For others, it may mean taking a slightly bigger leap of faith to work towards our hopes and dreams.

Normally, I fall into the latter camp – having an intention and areas of my life I wish to improve through daily commitments to better, healthier, smarter practices. This year, though? It’s starting off with a bang!

In 2015, I greatly desire to grow as a yoga teacher. I aim to create positive class experiences for everyone I have the honor to teach – to empower each individual in my classes and share the power of yoga. I also want the opportunity to share in yoga community – to take workshops and learn from a wide variety of instructors, to participate in events all around the Atlanta area, and to spread yoga throughout the community in a variety of ways. I knew I intended such things in my personal journey, but wasn’t sure exactly how they would play out. I had prayed for direction for awhile…and in the final few days of 2014, God answered that prayer quite clearly.

I received a couple of teaching opportunities I felt I simply could not pass up. They were classes that fit me on so many levels – with my schedule, with my spirit as a teacher, with the style of yoga I enjoy, with the community involvement I seek. Unfortunately, due to certain policies, taking such opportunity meant stepping away from where I was currently teaching – from where I had learned and grown so much, from a place I called my “yoga home”.

I knew making that decision would cause some misunderstandings in my intentions. That some would view such a move as prideful or wrong. In my heart, though, I knew it was right and that my decision came from a pure place. A place of love and appreciation for my path up to this point, but also the knowledge that I needed to honor myself and my needs for the future.

Why am I sharing this? Because sometimes we have to make hard decisions. Sometimes we have to change or open up to the circumstances changing around us. It happens to each of us. Even though I firmly believe I have made the right decision for myself, I still don’t like the uncertain feeling of this change. Change is scary!!! But so is regret. I don’t know about you but regret scares me even more.

So when those big changes come, consider the alternative. Take a look at all your options and don’t forget to check in with the leading of your heart. Follow the path. Embrace the change. And leave regret behind, fully embracing all life has to offer you.

So…change? Or regret? Which one scares you more???


1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 5, 2015 at 6:57 am

Love this! Hard decisions are often the best ones we make. This was obviously a hard decision for you because you take others’ feelings into consideration and I’m sure it was hard for you to tell your current studio about the move. I’m sure it will be great though!

2 tinareale January 5, 2015 at 12:34 pm

I’m excited for the change. It was definitely hard because I didn’t want to hurt anyone…or be misunderstood. But glad to grow to follow what I feel is best for myself. :)

3 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 5, 2015 at 8:48 am

Congrats on the new opportunities! You have such a beautiful heart and I can imagine it was a tough decision but you really will help change and impact so many lives. I’m a big believer in never having any regrets and so I always listen to my gut and where it guides me through life. Sometimes it’s really scary, but it’s almost always worth it!

4 tinareale January 5, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Thanks, Katie! I’m so excited for them and hopeful for a couple others. I feel like I’ve made the right move and it’s going to guide me well. You’re right that it’s almost always worth it!

5 Tami January 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm

regret for sure…regret and disappointment Are the worst feelings and things to work through

6 Jolene January 5, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Congratulations friend! this sounds like a great decision and choice for you! This industry is so interesting (yoga, barre etc), in that dedication to one studio seems so important, and I do think it can be and is a great thing- when you love where you work or take classes (I of course love where I teach and take!), but if there is another opportunity elsewhere that makes you happier or feels like an even better fit, then it should be embraced! and sometimes I think it can be seen as hurtful, even if unintentionally. I may be rambling or not making any sense at all, but it’s just something I’ve noticed in this industry from time to time. in any case, I am happy for you and know you would never do anything that would hurt anyone. you are just the kindest soul! XO!

7 Marla-Deen January 5, 2015 at 8:22 pm

I’m calling 2015 the year of change and adventure. Sometimes that just what we need! Good for you for listening. . . .

8 tinareale January 6, 2015 at 8:25 am

I like that. The year of change and adventure!

9 Pamela Hernandez January 6, 2015 at 8:41 am

Neither? I don’t regret because I know each action was necessary to bring me to where I am today. Change is a bit scary but in a good way – like a roller coaster. :)

10 Tamara January 6, 2015 at 1:23 pm

I’m way more fearful of regret than change.
Alas, there are some very necessary changes that I’ll be making in my life this year that will definitely cause some regret. But not the kind of regret that you want to go back and undo; just regret that I’ll be letting a handful of people down :-(

11 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf January 15, 2015 at 11:12 pm

Yes, definitely a hard decision and it is really interesting within the industry what it means to move studios. But congrats on the new opportunities. I’m so excited for you and all these great opportunities! While it is hard and some people may misinterpret your actions, you are following your heart. If they misinterpret your actions, it has more to do with their own truth. xox

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