Cultivating Bliss

It’s absolutely incredible. As I look back on the goals I set for myself a year, 6 months, even 3 months ago, I’m achieving exactly what I set out to do. Of course life is crazy and unpredictable and things look so much different than I expected they would, but things are beautiful. I feel so grounded and so proud of everything I have accomplished this far. I am so connected to my thoughts and emotions and always striving to improve these connections and take care of myself. 

A year ago I had returned from my first yoga retreat. This was the first time I ventured out of the country alone to meet a bunch of incredible people who quickly became like family. I learned that it’s okay to embrace my youth and that I can be exactly who I am without feeling like I’m not fun or accomplished enough. I realized how young I really am and that it’s okay that I don’t have my whole life figured out, because guess what— no one does. 

Coming back from this retreat, I was so blissed out, and so inspired to create a life that I’m obsessed with living. A life that allows me to follow my joys and passions and live in the moment, allowing my heart to be my guide. I set a list of goals I wanted to accomplish. It’s amazing that so many of them have already happened and so many are still on my radar. 

My Post-Xinalani Bucket List/Intentions

Yoga

  • Yoga Teacher Training
  • Sculpt Teacher Training
  • Yoga Teacher Training Extensions
  • Teach at Corepower

Fitness

  • Another ½ Marathon
  • Marathon
  • Boston Marathon
  • Sprint Triathlon
  • Iron Man

Travel

  • Lots of Travel
  • Hike a 14-er

Personal Growth

  • Stay connected with everyone from the retreat
  • Daily Meditation
  • Daily Gratitude 

Looking back, I had other intentions for school and future career, but it those moments, these are the things that inspired me beyond anything else. Not titles, or jobs, or positions, I sat out to create memories and experiences. 

Yoga

This past year has allowed me to check off all of my yoga goals. I completed my first 200 hour Power Vinyasa teacher training last Fall and started to teach at a rec center in Minneapolis while I completed extensions, the additional training to teach at Corepower, and Sculpt Teacher Training. 

Teaching at the rec center affirmed that teaching makes my soul happy. I loved working with the students to introduce them to their minds and their bodies, but also with several staff or faculty members, many of which were learning how to navigate injuries or aging bodies. It showed me that the power of breath, and taking even just one hour a week to focus on yourself can have such immense benefits on your whole life. 

Sculpt teacher training gave me the home in Minneapolis that I’d been searching for. In a short 5-week span, I became so close with my peers and facilitators and made amazing friendships that I hold so dear. It was the escape I needed from the depths of Organic Chemistry studying and declining mental health status. 

Although I truly believe that without moving back to Colorado, I would not have been able to work at Corepower, due to hectic schedules, lack of reliable transportation, and timing. Every experience I’ve had with CPY has been the most incredible experience and I’ve loved every role I’ve had from student to teacher, but being able to teach for this company has impacted my life, given me so much guidance and support, and helped me step into my voice and my life.  

Fitness

My fitness journey this year has been all over the place, from lots of yoga and sculpt, to lots of HIIT, to now finally returning to running. At the beginning of last summer, I was told not to run anymore because of “IT band Syndrome”, really just tight angry muscles. Every time I would try to run, a sharp pain in my knee would caution against it, making me think that my body was no longer capable of it. I took a year off of running, exploring all of these other movement modalities that didn’t stress my knee, BUT I could never get it out of my mind that I wanted to get back to running and work towards some of my goals. 

I am now 4 weeks into my training plan for my first ever marathon!! It has been quite the journey even this far introducing my body back to the high impact and learning how to take care of my body in preparation and recovery so that my mind and body are ready for the increased mileage. I have gained so much insight by listening to my cues and intuition and am blessed for both the journey and that my body is capable of doing these things. 

As for the Iron Man’s and Boston Marathon, only time will see. I try to practice aparigraha, non-attachment, as I take one step at a time and see where my life will take me. 

Travel

Other than going to school in Minnesota, I haven’t traveled since the retreat, but that’s about to change. I leave in two weeks for Europe to visit Greece and Switzerland. I’ll be in Athens and Santorini on a retreat with girls my age, taking the bold leap of meeting like minded people who share the value of exploring and travel (and health and wellness). Then I’ll be off to visit my new niece, the beautiful and precious Luca Sofia. I’m so excited to finally be an aunt and to see my sister and brother-in-law in their new roles as parents.

Then, this September I will be going on another Corepower yoga retreat to Peru! I can’t wait to reconnect with a few people from the Mexico retreat, and to meet so many other amazing humans.

The world is wide and I want to experience all of the things. Travel is something that I value so deeply, and I don’t want to let limiting beliefs get in the way of life-changing journeys.

I also hiked my first two 14ers at the end of last summer and fell in love with the beauty, the challenge, and the community. I hope to hike more this summer 🙂

Personal Growth 

My daily routines have ebbed and flowed in the past year, but this has been one area of my life that has flourished overall. I meditate every morning, even if it’s just a few minutes, to remind myself to stay grounded and that I create this life of mine. Whenever I have strayed from this practice, I’ve noticed a huge shift in my thoughts and perspectives, so let’s just say that the power of meditation is huge in my transformations. 

Gratitude in some form is always present, either written or simply pondered. I now try to find one thing every day that I’m grateful for that I’ve never thought about before. It’s almost become a game now, to see how many things I can come up with that I’m so, so lucky to have. 

Thanks to Social Media, I’m able to stay connected with not only the people I met on my first yoga retreat, but so many I’ve met and left since then. It’s so fun to see what everyone is up to, and every like or comment reminds me that this community is powerful and that I am never alone. 

Setting goals is powerful and amazing, but living from your power and aligning with the things that set your soul on fire is truly where the magic lies. I feel so blessed for every moment, every memory, every smile, every heart break, every high and every low that brought me to where I am now. I am truly happy and I know that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.

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