Over the years, I’ve become increasingly inspired by the work of folks like Sarah K. Peck, Deb Flashenberg, Andrea Ferretti, Elise & Scott Grice, Patti Quintero, Alexandria Crow, Dr. Alexandra Sacks. Who are these individuals? They are writers. They are yoga teachers. Prenatal Yoga specialists. Branding gurus. Podcast creators. Even a psychiatrist in the bunch. They are forever students. All teachers in their own right.
And, why am I so intrigued by their works? Because they’ve taken an idea, a calling, a curiosity, and dedicated themselves so fully to supporting individuals in these areas of life - during motherhood, during pregnancy, building businesses, becoming better yoga teachers, feeling better in their bodies. In my eyes, they’ve “made it,” even though I know they’ve experienced struggles along the way…and, let’s be honest, they likely continue to do so.
You guys, there are things I am really, really interested in pursuing. They’ve come up in meditation, they make me cry when I “wake up” from savasana. They are always at the back of mind, like Hey, what about this over here? Can you check it out?
But, because I’m human, I get scared. Like really scared. I tell Eugene about the things I really, really want to do and I say, “Well, yes, but I need to study for a few more years, and then I need to pursue this certification. I need to have those letters after my name. I need to have more years of experience before I can really make a living form this.” Uggghhh.
Where is that story coming from? Of “not good enough?” Like just one more training or certification or weekend intensive or another three years of teaching or whatever would make me “better,” more credible? When I sit back and think about it, I know I’m not the only one. How often have you put off pursuing an interest because you feel inadequate, scared, not good enough, or like you don’t have the education to do the thing?
There are people less qualified than you, doing the things that you want to do, simply because they decide to believe in themselves. Period.
I have been writing this sentence down on every surface. It’s in two different notebooks, it’s on my phone, it’s on top of the new business plan I’m writing. Because, if I’m being completely honest, lately I’ve been feeling like an imposter. And, yes, I believe in years of experience. But, at some point there’s a difference in actually needing more education (like to become a doctor you NEED medical school), and deciding that all you really need to do is bet on YOU. Believe in YOU. Know that the answers are within YOU. I’m pretty certain that is the realization that these women and men above came to when they decided, ENOUGH. I am worthy of doing the work I want to see in this world.
I’m not quite ready to share my interests and my heart for what’s next, but it’s coming. I do know I miss teaching yoga every week tremendously (and having in person philosophy chats). I so miss teaching prenatal yoga and seeing the bonds that come from that community. I do know there are particular people I want to support, encourage, and educate, and I know I can start doing it today. That I’ve already done so much work. I just need to buckle down and listen to the right voice in my head. The voice that says, “You’ve lived the stories you want to support.” The voice that says, “Teach people about their wholeness.” The voice that says, “I am enough because I am.” And, you are enough, too.
You guys, no excuses today, okay? Let your practice help you find clarity and inner strength. Let it carry you to the next right step of your dream. Because that’s what yoga helps us do, right? It helps us manifest what we want for our life. If you have a few minutes, I’d love to hear about a dream you have that might be a little scary. Sometimes writing it down is all we need. Write to me here or leave a comment on the blog. I cannot wait to hear from you.
P.S. We're unveiling something new pretty soon. This whole year, we've been listening to whispers, collaborating quietly to fine tune what we do and how. We've been working to grow and grow and grow, personally and professionally. I hope you'll join us in the excitement of something new! If I was better at riddles, I might include one...but that's not my strength. ;) As always, if you love these letters, please forward to a friend who could use these words. <3 Much, much love to you.