Before we get to the round-up, I wanted to say thank you to everyone for your kind words and encouragement for me as I’m about to start yoga teacher training. Yes, I do get butterflies when I say that. Several people noted that when you experience fear and excitement together at once, that you are doing something right. Others mentioned a quote or a version of this quote – When your biggest talent intersects with your biggest passion, you will be fulfilled.
I’ve been thinking a lot about both of these things a lot over the past two days and I keep coming back to it every time those butterflies threaten to burst out of my stomach. There have also been some great posts recently that have made me think more about priorities and how we live our priorities.
In many ways, I feel like Alison from Writing, Wishing has written about my life. When I was younger, I had big dreams and visions of what I would do and accomplish in my life. When I wrote on Wednesday about how becoming a yoga teacher makes me feel uncomfortable because it’s not a “traditional” profession, it’s also because on some level, I don’t think that I’m living “big” enough – that I wasn’t living up to my potential or the expectations I had for myself. Are you living as “big” as you thought you would?
The Pessimistic Approach
This post from Michelle from Callia’s Corner (can I say how happy I am to see her writing again? And have you seen her photos??) isn’t what you think. Sometimes in life, it’s not just about being an optimist or a pessimist. Sometimes, we have to be a realist when we go for our dreams and goals and that might mean you might have to give up on something. But you know what? That’s OK because sometimes what we think is our dream is really just a stop along the way to something better.
Joy in the Midst Of is a new-to-me blog but I really like Stevie’s writing, especially this – her description of her complicated relationship with time. I think we all experience this from time to time – wanting to speed time up, wanting it to slow down, wanting to be more present in this moment.
You’re not a priority right now
Speaking about time and priorities, I love this post from Carla at MizFitOnline. She demonstrates how a change in the way we speak can help us live our priorities. What if instead of answering, “I’m too busy” when asked if you can help/contribute/volunteer/work, you answered “It’s not a priority”? How would that change you? Plus, it’s worth it just to see what Carla said yes to!
What would you say?
I shared this on my Facebook page earlier this week but I wanted to share it again. It’s a pretty amazing post. Cori from Olive to Run asked her students to do this exercise. She asked, “Imagine that I handed you a microphone; when you speak into it, the whole world can understand and hear you at the same time. You can make 3 statements. What would you say?” The statements her students came up with? Amazing.
And I have to leave you with this video of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. It’s hilarious especially if you’re a social media addict (ahem). #lol
Do you speak in hashtags? Do you watch Jimmy Fallon?
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