Life tends to get in the way of life….Sounds silly, but it’s true!!! From being in school to going to the BeHealthful Retreat to working to than sleeping. This has pretty much been my life for the past month. Don’t get me wrong, I am so grateful for all of the great opportunities, but it can be a bit tiring running around all the time. But, hey isn’t that how life works? We get throw challenges and then learn from them. Granted I feel like this year I have learned enough lessons for a lifetime…..but, oh well, life can throw whatever it wants at me I am game and ready for the challenge.
The first challenge of life = school
I started massage therapy school in August!!! I have been wanting to do massage therapy for years and years, so after 8 years of wanting to I signed up for classes. I was not expecting the amount of studying and money I would have to put into the program. But, the knowledge is so useful for my yoga instructing that I just go with it and appreciate every moment of the program.
The second challenge of life = work
I am still teaching at 8 places and enjoying every minute of it!!! Yes, it is time consuming, busy, and I will never become a multimillionaire….but it is so rewarding that I am able to help people. I couldn’t imagine not having yoga in my life. I have met some incredible people through yoga, have gained a sense of worth and calming, and it has helped me stay toned (I do have muscle underneath the fluff!!!). Yes, I work crazy hours and I drive everywhere…but, I feel so accomplished after teaching three classes in a row. I know that I have helped people and to me that is the most amazing feeling in the world.
The third challenge of life = medical conditions
I struggle with my various diseases and lack of organ on a daily basis. It has been a struggle to keep everything in control, but I try my best to do it and not complain. Recently, I found out that some of my levels were not at goal and I have been feeling sick and sluggish. Thankfully I have excellent doctors that are confident that my levels will be back at a normal state soon. I try not to let it get me down in the dumps, but this week it really has been difficult to deal with. But, I just take one step at a time and deal with each day as it comes. I remember what my late brother would always say to me, “Keep on keeping on sissy, I love you.” And with those worlds in my head I do.
The fourth challenge in life = relationships
With my busy non traditional schedule I do not have a ton of time to go out and see my friends. I am lucky enough to have super understanding friends that don’t hold it against me that I am always busy. My friends think its cool that I don’t work a 9-5 job….granted I am one of the only ones out of the group of my friends that doesn’t sit at a desk all day…so maybe they are just trying to make me feel included (hopefully not). But, regardless I have the best friends that any person could have. I am extremely lucky to have all of them in my life. I also have been with the same wonderful man for over two years. Unfortunately because of scheduling we do the long distance relationship life that involves lots of texting, phone calls, and skype dates…..but, I wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s amazing and I am so lucky to have him in my life. I wouldn’t trade him for the world.
My number one cheerleader in my life = My Mother
My mother is the most fantastic person on the planet. She is kind, giving, patience, helpful, supporting, loving, a hard worker, and THE BEST MOM IN THE UNIVERSE. Through breakups with boys, colleges, and doctors appointments my mom has been there every step of the way. If I can be half the woman she is I would be the happiest person on the planet. I love her with all of my heart and am so lucky to call her my mom,
My guiding light in life = My Older Brother
My brother was my best friend and just an overall amazing human being. When he passed away eight months ago my world shattered. He was the most important man in my life, we had a wonderful relationship, and I miss him every single day of my life. He will forever and always be my guiding light. When I feel like I’m lost I know he will be there in spirit to show me the way. When I am lonely I know he will be there to comfort me with a hug. I know he’s proud of me and I hope to continue to make him proud.
I am extremely lucky to live the life I live!!! Is it perfect? No, absolutely not!! But, it’s perfect for me, myself and I. I have a support system of people that are in my corner every second of the day. I love my job and love what I am going to school for. I am lucky enough to be able to go back to school for Massage Therapy (which is totally opposite to what my Political Science BA). And I am just happy being Leah….would I change things yes…but, am I happy with where my life is going? Absolutely!!! I encourage all of you that read this post to observe your life and if there is something you don’t like in it, modify it until you are happy with it. Everyone should lead a happy life, not just some weird yoga instructor that has a blog. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and week.
Until next time
Leah (aka The Curvy Yogini)