6 months in


Happy July! 

Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes! You sure know how to make a girl feel loved.

It’s hard to believe that we’re halfway through the year already. That means it’s time to check in on my intentions for the year. {Thanks Melissa for keeping me accountable.}

You may remember that I didn’t set specific goals for the year. Instead, I chose a word for the year – something that would help focus my thoughts, actions and intentions during the year.

My word for 2014 is DO. Instead of getting caught up in planning every step along the way towards my goals and being paralyzed by the planning, I knew that I just had to start DO-ing and move forward with pursuing my passion.

2014 word for the year

To be honest, I’ve been kind of putting off writing this post because, well, I don’t feel like I’ve made much progress this quarter. Especially compared to the first quarter of this year.

The first few months of the year I was so motivated and excited to focus on my writing. I had things to do and things to accomplish. I was pretty determined to start building a solid foundation for my freelance writing. I studied the writing business and researched different markets to write for. I came up with story ideas and pitched.

In short, it was what I wanted to do with my life and I was excited to pursue my passion.

These past few months? They’ve been a blur.


While I’ve continued to contribute regularly to a few media outlets, I haven’t broken into new writing markets because I haven’t pitched new writing markets (although I did just find out one of my pieces was picked up by The Daily Beast yesterday). I slacked off on my goal to write daily and to pitch or work on a pitch each day.

But it’s also because my schedule was filled with other opportunities this spring. A few consulting projects popped up unexpectedly. While this work isn’t my life’s passion (i.e. market research and usability testing), let’s face it – it pays the bills. I also like working with this particular client so it was hard to turn down.

Yoga class spinal twist


A few months ago, I lamented that I wasn’t spending enough time building my yoga teaching practice. At the same time, I felt stretched thin, trying to reach out to (and practice in) every studio near me or where I might even remotely be interested in teaching. It was exhausting – physically or mentally.

Over the past few months, I’ve pulled back. Instead, I’ve focused on a few studios where I  really want to teach. I’ve auditioned, and I’ve started subbing regularly.

While it’s not ideal (I would love to have 1-2 permanent classes on my schedule), I know that this is where I need to start in this world. And, I feel like I’m starting to get traction and good response from my classes. I’ve also been teaching a regular corporate class and it’s been great to teach in a different environment.

There is variability (I can teach anywhere from one to five classes a week), but it works for me right now. I don’t plan on being a full-time yoga teacher. I love teaching yoga but I want to do part-time.



Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t share the lessons that I’ve learned. Boy, it sure seems like I’m full of lessons these days! So, here are three tips to keep in mind when making a career transition or pursuing your passion.


1. What You Can When You Can –> aka #wycwyc

This has become a mantra for me this year. There are so many things that I want to do and accomplish, but there are only 24 hours in the day.

So when the consulting projects came up, I had to focus a lot of my time and attention on them during the months of May and June. Like a lot of time. I beat myself up over the fact that I wasn’t writing or pitching as much as I wanted. While I was teaching some yoga classes, I wasn’t teaching as much as I wanted either.

I had to let go of that expectation and realize that I can’t do everything 100% all the time. I could only do what I could. I also needed time to spend with my family. I realized that the different types of work that I do need to exist relative to each other and balance each other. They’re not always going to be even, but they will shift and move like a scale.

2. Patience is a Virtue and a B*tch

I can kind of be an impatient person, especially if it’s something that I really really want. Especially if I feel like I’ve been working hard and putting in my dues. Especially if I see other succeeding around me. I don’t begrudge their success. I just want to join them in that success.

Several times over the past few months, my husband has basically put me in my place by reminding me that things don’t happen instantaneously and, that in the grand scheme of things, I’m doing OK.

And he’s right. Things are coming together slowly. Not as quickly as I would like but then again, you can’t rush the Universe. The Universe kind has a plan already in mind. Trust that.

3. Show up

This one is as simple as it sounds – Show Up.

When you’re offered an opportunity, show up. When someone asks for a favor or advice, show up. You never know what other opportunities that may lead to. You never know what relationships will develop from those opportunities whether it’s the next day or a few months down the road. Show up.

Did you set goals or an intention for the year? How has the year been going so far?

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  1. says

    I’m glad you checked in. It’s not easy to follow up on intentions especially if you’re not feeling like you’re where you want to be but you, my friend, are your own worst critic. From my vantage point, you are doing amazing!

    I’ve said it before but I’m proud of you. 7 years ago we were crazed first time parents and just 3 years ago blogging wasn’t even within our wheelhouse. Look at you now! I’m in awe and have great respect for all you’ve accomplished and the style in which you do so.

    The quarterly check in thing is ridiculously difficult for me as well but I sort of like being held accountable even if I’m slacking (I may also be a bit masochistic).

    I think you are DOing amazing things (even if you don’t agree) so keep it up! xo
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  2. says

    #2 is hard for me.I want results now! But a lot of things to take time. And #3…oh yes! In the past 6 months, I have learned that you never know who is watching. And when someone asks for something, don’t do it half ass because that is what it seems like everyone else is doing. You never know when the experience will be the one that is being watched!

    I’m with Alison – you’ve had an outstanding year so far Christine!
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  3. says

    What a great word for the year. Show up is always part of my advice when mentoring new graduates. It’s amazing how many people don’t show up physically or mentally. I have no patience but I am working REALLY hard to develop it. I think it is coming a little bit more with age.
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  4. says

    Yes… I’m learning those same lessons. My husband is also good at reminding me that I’m fine right where I am, and there is time to get to everything I want to get to. I’ve been cutting back a lot so I’ll have less on my plate when baby is here and then I panic that I’m cutting too much and will have to build everything back up again. So silly- I can’t win! :)
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  5. says

    Number two–so hard! And so great that you have a husband to ground you on it.

    With as many irons as you have in the fire, I think you’re doing really well. There’s progress on all fronts, even if #2 makes it not always feel that way!
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    See my husband would be more likely to tell me I’m taking too long to do things, but I always tell him I’m playing a long game here. I’m laying down some foundations.
    I have to confess that I’m so glad writing isn’t my only thing. To spend my time pursuing that dream and that one only? I’d lose my mind. Photography is a passion for me just as much but it comes more easily. And it’s less painful, although it can be pretty hard physically, actually.
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    • says

      I’ve said before that it’s nice knowing that you and others are on a similar path!! Yes, realizing that doing it all now isn’t necessary the right path to where I want to be in the longer term.
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  7. says

    I really loved this post and feel like it was really applicable to me and where I am right now. I think I may set an intention for the second half of the year, picking a word and moving forward with it.
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  8. says

    I chose the word “nourish” for 2014. I have been doing well so far, but definitely have some slip ups here and there, because obviously I am not perfect and learning and always growing. I can relate to a lot of what you have been going through, especially stretching myself too thin. It is hard to say no sometimes, but to stay sane, healthy, and happy, we need to realize it is okay to say NO more often. :)
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  9. says

    What You Can When You Can

    Love this. I can totally relate to it on the freelance writing side. I constantly feel like I’m not doing enough or the right things. It’s overwhelming. You are right there are only 24 hours in a day. I need to focus on the minute at hand and nothing more.
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    • says

      What you can when you can has really really helped me this year. Like you said, there are a million things that I feel like I should be doing but it’s impossible to do them all. I also tend to compare myself to other writers/bloggers/yoga teachers and realize that my circumstances are different from theirs and it’s impossible to compare.
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  10. says

    I’m so glad that I have discovered your blog.
    I never use to be a goal setter, but after I did Chalene Johnson’s Push I finally understood how and why goals are important. Now I set goals, and smash them left right and centre. I need to get back into the habit of list writing my goals.
    I’ve never thought about having an intention word for the year. I really like this, and I love that you have picked do. For me so far this year I would have to say my word would be ‘commit’. Because when I commit myself anything is possible.
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    • says

      I’m so glad that you found my blog too (and I apologize for the delay in responding to your comment!). So awesome that you smash your goals. I decided to pick an intention for the year to see if it would help me get out of my own head and ensure that what I did connected with my intention. And absolutely true that whatever you commit yourself to if possible!
      Christine Yu recently posted..High Five FridayMy Profile


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