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About this blog - a blog for real life.

Why blog? It’s better together.

So why start a blog? Or this particular blog?

I see it as my responsibility to address needs and wants of this amazing little community we’ve created. Part of that is exploring all aspects of real life. So many of us have similar experiences, are faced with similar dilemmas, and are asking similar questions. Threads of these conversations are constantly happening throughout LifeWorks and it feels like my life’s work to weave them together and sometimes to try to make sense of them.

People tend to come to LifeWorks for one reason or another, maybe to heal an injury, relieve pain, or to get fit. Sometimes they find more.  Sometimes people find in themselves a willingness to try new things, patience with the process of adjusting to a news sense of self, maybe they’re getting older, their families are changing, they’re dealing with a disease or injury. While our initial reasons for coming together might be the same or different, I find we are all interested in feeling more comfortable in our own skin.

In this blog, I intend to share topics that surface in my classes, from ways to weave yogic principles into everyday life to ways to connect better with our bodies (as well as the admittedly less profound) insights into how a rounder, bigger bottom might be healthier (hint: no tucking!). But no topic is off limits. My goal is to have this blog reflect LifeWorks’ philosophy: a place to come as you are, share what’s true for you, explore real life. Any topic is fair game, so if you’ve got something you want me to share here, bring it on!

The Secret Password

This blog has been a long time coming. I’ve always wanted to share some of the insights and inspirations that come from LifeWorks as a way to bring our community even closer together. But sometimes…often…I have trouble with follow-through.

So what’s with the procrastinating? Anyone who’s been to my classes knows that I have a lot to say…! I think it’s what many of us go through when considering doing something new. Fear.

It reminds me a lot of how I felt when I opened LifeWorks. I had always known that I wanted to be a part of a healthy fitness/wellness community, but I never fully let myself fantasize about creating my own. The idea of offering my classes in my own space was an overwhelming one because of my strong desire to do it perfectly. I feared I wasn’t prepared, wasn’t expert enough, wouldn’t do it exactly right. I didn’t know if I could run a business and there was no way I was going to create a business plan.

All this makes more sense to me looking back then it did at the time. Through my 20s (and beyond), I had this feeling that other adults surely knew what they were doing—and sometimes it seemed like they could do it flawlessly. I felt like I was waiting for someone to give me the magic password or secret code to cross the threshold into being a fully capable grown-up. I assumed there was a universal feeling that yoga teachers have when they know they’re good enough to go out on their own. Surely all of these studio owners must have had a fully-formed idea of what their business will look like, a perfectly situated space and a clear business plan—with all of the math in order, right?

Now that I have opened a studio—imperfectly, mind you—I realize that it can be dangerous to wait until you feel “good enough.” People were really excited to have a studio to come to, and it seems like it doesn’t matter to them that it isn’t perfect. It’s been somewhat surprising to me - an “if you build it, they will come” moment. Other people’s expectations are not the same as my expectations and people do not need perfection.

So I realized that the difference between me and someone who ran her own studio was the fact that they had an actual studio space. The only difference between people who blog and those who don’t is that one of them is writing a blog. Maybe it really can be as simple as that. I still worry that my studio isn’t perfect, and now that I have a blog, I’ll worry that I don’t have something brilliant to say. But I know that there aren’t any universal laws about why it will or won’t work because, in fact, here we are.