Monday, June 24, 2013

0 a little list

the past few years have really been an amazing & transformative experience for me & in more ways than i can really describe in a little blog post. one of those experiences has been getting into yoga & running {the latter took more than a little push, let me tell you - lucky for me i'm very persistent & tend to beat a thing to death - in this case my legs - but they thanked me later}. i know you've probably heard people go on & on & on about yoga & running - separately or perhaps {if you know me} in the same breath & wondered what all the fuss was about. well, there's a reason for this gushing. if this comes off as preachy or overly sentimental forgive me - i just couldn't help but share this list of some of the life lessons that have come to me from practicing yoga & running. enjoy!

1. you will never get stronger if you stay comfortable - being able to push yourself past your comfort zone is where growth begins.
2. you are stronger than you think - you will find that you are capable of much more than you give yourself credit for; so go ahead & push yourself a little further & you'll be surprised at what you will accomplish.
3. you are wiser than you think - your body & experience will tell you what you need -listen to it - really trusting yourself will help you differentiate between fear & wisdom.
4. peace comes from within - the world around you, even you yourself will always  change. if you rely on outside circumstances for happiness you will always wind up disappointed. you are perfect just the way you are {with all  those wonderful & terrible qualities}. it's a difficult lesson & one that i'm still working on, but getting there is a great journey.
5. celebrate your accomplishments - no matter how small, doing something you thought was impossible or doing something just a little bit better than last time is worth celebrating & will motivate you to push forward.
6. constantly set goals for yourself - growth comes from moving forward, small & big goals help to guide & motivate you.
7. hold yourself accountable - take accountability for your life, your decisions & your actions. it's your life & you're in charge.
8. be in the moment - some of the best moments come from letting go of everything,  really feeling your body, noticing & enjoying the world around you.
9. run your own race - nobody else's pace should set yours. you know better than anyone what kind of a life you want - let your goals & your dreams {not anyone else's} set the course for you life.
10. you are enough - life can be overwhelming {at least i tend to overwhelm myself} & it's nice to sit back, breathe & realize that no matter what is required of you; whatever you give {if you give it your all} will be enough.

happy monday!

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