Why I Chose Yoga Teacher Training

Two short months ago, I started yoga teacher training at CorePower. I knew that by the time we finished it would be spring (although, it’s currently winter again in Minnesota).

If you’ve been around since Everme started, you’ve probably heard me talk about a creatively designed life. Signing up for yoga teacher training is a part of actively living my creatively designed life.

There are many reasons why I wanted to go through teacher training but here are a few of the main reasons:

  1. I love learning. I am a dedicated, lifelong learner and this was an opportunity that brought together several of my highest values: mental and physical health, expanding my knowledge and deep connection with others.

  2. I like following the rules. Although there are no rules in yoga, a mental roadblock I couldn’t get past while in class was “am I doing this right?” Being married to a personal trainer has made me super aware of alignment and safety during physical movement.

  3. I wanted to see if I could do something without requiring it to be a step toward something else. I am the queen of achievement and planning and goal setting and visioning. I am a joker at just being. Well, not comptetely but you understand. Embarking on a journey that wasn’t tied to an outcome was so liberating. I was able to simply learn and enjoy rather than feel the pressure of ‘what’s next?’.

So, what’s your version of yoga teacher training? How can you embrace the creatively designed life(style)?

P.S. I graduate on Saturday April 13 and would love to immediately start working with beginners / people newer to yoga. Let me know if you know of anyone!

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener..But It Might Be!

Disclaimer: this is not a post about diet change though that is part of how we get to the underlying lesson!

In December, I made a significant diet change. What started as a gluten free, raw food vegan cleanse, turned into a commitment to gluten free living. I noticed that after incorporating gluten back in after the cleanse, a lot of how I used to feel showed up as “symptoms”. Basically, what I had come to know as normal with my body was not normal at all. It was a lightbulb moment that shed light on how not normal I had been for so long.

So of course this got me thinking…

What other areas of our lives are like this? Where else do we chalk things up as normal even though they aren’t at all? What parts of our lives can be so much better than they already are?

In hindsight, I never really felt ‘normal’ but it was my normal and I didn’t really think anything needed to change. I was operating in a “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” mindset.

I think this happens to us a lot. We find our normal in our every day routines, our jobs, our relationships, etc. and if they aren’t terrible, we kind of let them be. It’s a little scary to know that something that may be throwing us off entirely could be showing up as “normal”.

We like our status quo and when that feels anything but terrible, we’re OK with letting it carry on, usually until we’re forced to change.

What’s ironic about this change is that I feel infinitely better on the other side of this change and the grass is definitely way greener over here. I thought the grass was green where I was and actually didn’t think it could get much more green!

My question for all of you is: what areas of your life feel just OK? What if there’s more light, joy and “green” to be found in that area?

A Look Back at 2018

2018 has been the craziest year of my life. There have been more ups and more downs than I can even count. All of these ups and downs happened in a kind of magical equilibrium that often left me feeling equal parts “what the F*ck??” and “life is amazing!” (excuse my language mom and dad…but we all know I learned that word from Dad HA!). Even with all of the ups and downs, there were a handful of highlights that stand out to me, so I wanted to share them with you!

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3 Career Mistakes You Might Be Making

When I first started working in the “real world”, my co-workers and I would think of some crazy, off-the-wall situation that could happen and then would joke about how it would be “career limiting”. Of course these would be things we would never do but what about the things we might’ve been doing that were actually holding us back? This week’s post is 5 career mistakes you might be making (and what to do about it!).

1. Not taking initiative

 

Let me just start by saying that “taking initiative” doesn’t mean “do all the things & work 80+ hours a week”. Taking initiative means identifying strategic ways in which you can show your employer what you’ve got. There are a couple of different ways you can start taking more initiative today:

  • Create your own development plan. Start with one thing you want to work on/learn more about and create some actionable ways to get to where you want to be. Run this by your boss and make sure they agree with your approach and support what you are going to be doing.

  • Stop worrying about your own work. Start looking for ways to support your boss, your co-workers or other teams/department. How can you maintain your current workload while providing some relief to another area?

  • Raise your hand even if no one asked for a volunteer. If you see an opportunity that you are curious about or know you would be a good fit for, then do it. Just start doing it. One of the hardest things for me as a boss was when I felt like employees were waiting for me to give them permission to shine. Here’s your permission: do it

 

2. Forgetting about your brand

There is a certain way that you would like your co-workers to see you, right? You don’t want to be known as the lazy co-worker or the mansplainer. You want to be known as the kick ass woman that gets sh*t done efficiently and with grace (insert your own version of this statement here, instead). What have been doing or not been doing lately that is adding to or subtracting from your personal brand? Check out this blog post on 3 Ways to Build Your Non-Verbal Professional Brand.

 

3. Not advocating for your results

Ladies, we kind of suck at this. We often underestimate our results by giving credit to our team versus our individual contributions or by simply not saying what we actually accomplished because it feels like “bragging”. Throw all this bologna out the window and start tooting your own horn. Here’s a resource to help with that: How to Write a Self-Evaluation.

 

Don’t worry if you’re doing anything career limiting right now. There’s always a way to turn things around and you can only go up from here!