What I Learn From Trees

A mentor was placed in my life at a time when I was struggling with what my true purpose was. That mentor saw how I was struggling and took me in under her wing. One day, she took me for a walk to explain to me a metaphor she has for trees. I wasn't sure what to expect and I certainly didn't know it would change the way I look at trees forever.

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Happy 3rd birthday, Everme!

Wow. It is hard for me to believe that’s a Everme is 3 years old. I remember the feelings I had when I first launched. I can’t remember if I had any idea what I’d feel like on my third anniversary as a business owner.

This year is different than the last two years. I actually completely forgot about Everme’s birthday until I stumbled across a journal entry from this time last year.

One year ago, I could feel the much needed changes coming. I was trying to make sense of my desire to answer God’s call to bring me back into the corporate environment and loosen the reigns on Everme. Life is so different now and I continue to trust in God’s plan. I want to share the prayer I wrote out this time last year. It still resonates with me: God, thank you for Everme. For giving me the courage to start Everme and for the people you’ve placed in my life along this journey. I know that you will reveal your plan for me when the timing is right. I trust in your plan and guidance.

Thank you to all of you, too, for being a part of this journey. Your continued support means the world to me and I hope you know how much I value each and every one of you!💗

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?