Happy New Year!

Welcome to my blog!  I am beyond excited to finally be starting a blog!  This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of years.  Why haven’t I done it then?  In a nut shell, I’ve been too afraid.  Too afraid to put myself out there, too afraid to share the real me with the world, too afraid of rejection.  You get the picture.  But Marianne Williamson’s quote of “Your playing small does not serve the world.” rings through my head on a daily basis.  I’ve spent a lifetime thinking “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?”  She challenges us by saying, “Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”  So here I am world, ready to shine and stop playing small.

My goal in starting a blog is to share my life and my story. In her book, The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin submits that we actually learn more “from one person’s idiosyncratic experiences than  from sources that detail universal principals or cite up-to-date studies.”  I have found that to definitely be true for myself.  I am a personal stories junkie.  I’d much rather hear or read about someone’s real life experiences and lessons than read dry research based books.

Much of what I will blog about will be about how yoga has shaped who I am today.  I consider myself a “yogini” but not in the granola crunchy, super bendy, ultra-liberal kind of way you might think of when you hear the word “yogini”.  Which is why my husband started to call me the “yogini next door”. I don’t fit into that stereo-typical image of what you might think of when you think of a yogini.  I’m going to write about how yoga has shaped the different aspects of my life; being a wife, a mother, a teacher, a daughter, etc…My wish is that my story will inspire you in some small way.

Until next time…