I know the title of this blog is kind of all over the place but I guess there is a lot I want to share and if I'm honest there is no particular subject other than the journey of my life which has consisted of all the above mentioned in the title :-)
It was my birthday this week and to be honest I hardly gave it much thought until a few days beforehand. Normally I love to organise a celebration and to consciously do something nice for myself however I think life has been so full and I have so much else on my mind that I didn't give it much thought. However I went with the flow and ended up having a great day. The sun was shining, I taught a private yoga class outdoors (more about that in a minute) and I spent time with my lovely little angel Vanaya and the rest of the family.
In the lead up to my birthday I realised that I need to stop and look at how amazing life is... and more significantly how amazing my life is. Saying and even writing the words 'my life is amazing' actually made me feel a bit uncomfortable. But then I thought why not repeat these words? Why not repeat these words aloud and affirm it to myself and the universe? I don't want to sound up myself or patronising in anyway but I'm usually always looking for the next dream to chase that I never stop and really look at how wonderful my life is at the moment. I have a great family, amazing friendships, a beautiful home and a career that I love. When I acknowledge all that I have and feel the excitement and joy it makes me happy.
Creating a wonderful life though is hard work and it does take effort. Even though I say 'my life is amazing' it doesn't mean I am not going through my own challenges. At the end of the day life always comes with its ups and downs. But we have the choice of what we choose to focus on and there is that great quote 'what we choose to focus on grows.' So I ask you today to repeat the words 'my life is amazing' and focus on all the amazing things in your life. Then sit back and watch how even more and more amazing and wonderful things start to happen.
What has also helped me to feel happy recently is getting back into teaching yoga. I've started to teach a few of my previous private clients and the first class I taught felt amazing! It felt like I had come back home and I realised how much teaching yoga means to me. Over the last ten months I have really missed teaching yoga and because we also moved quite far away from my clients and classes I wasn't sure if I would return back to the area to teach. However somehow the universe made it possible again and I am so grateful for the opportunity. Also as I write this I can already hear a lot of my old students wondering if I will be starting a public class soon. All I can say is that I am putting good intentions out there and leaving it to the universe to unfold.
Alongside the birthday, teaching, blogging etc I am also still enjoying all the amazing developments in Vanaya. She is coming up to nine months and she is crawlng... really really fast, cruising and to my horror she is also climbing up stairs! How do mum's do this? I really feel I need to grow eyes at the back of my head! Every day there are new changes and she continues to amaze me all the time. We've also now been weaning for a few months and I really love and highly recommend the baby led weaning approach. It is such a natural technique and I think babies learn to love dinner time with this method. As I put Vanaya into her high chair and prepare her food I can see her curiosity as she looks around to see what is for dinner! Also a lot of people have asked me if I will give her meat as I am a vegetarian and Rakesh is a meat eater. The answer is yes... I haven't given it to her yet but eventually we will as I was a meat eater and I made the choice to become a vegetarian. So likewise I will offer her everything and she can make her own decisions later.
There are so many decisions to make as a parent. As the journey continues I know that the inner lessons and challenges are there to make me stronger as a parent and a mother, who let’s be honest has a significant responsibility in the shaping of a child’s life. I hope to share more of my thoughts on this with you soon.
Have a great bank holiday weekend!