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???