Yesterday, my husband was wandering the streets trying to wrap his head around the fact that he might have to close up shop on Monday and today we have a business advisor, a lawyer and a real estate agent—all people we know who want to help—standing by our sides with LOTS of advice, information and ideas! It's amazing what people can do when we all collaborate!
He's still going to close up his yoga business at his current location, but it might not be as soon as we thought. I no longer see this as a 'bad' thing or a crisis because I'm suddenly looking beyond the wall that blocked me from seeing anything yesterday but doom.
What I've come to realize is that change is much like a muscle being stretched. However far something contracts, that much it will expand.
The contracting part is not fun. It feels like you are in a pressure cooker and the heat is ON!
But how boring life would be if we all knew what would happen every single day and if life was just a cookie-cutter version of the day before.
I say, "Bring on the challenges!"
Last November, when the rain was getting to me in Seattle, I spontaneously applied to be an artist-in-residence at Kalani, the largest yoga retreat center in all of the Hawaiian Islands. I had a phone interview and I got the residency! Not only that, but they asked me to come for 10-days during the Hawaii Yoga Festival, with 30 other participating teachers.
I let them know all about my husband. I told them he was a former monk and now he is a yoga teacher in the Seattle area and they are going to feature him too. He'll teach yoga and be part of an evening lecture series.
So last November, I was in the rain applying for a writing residency and this November we'll be in Hawaii at the Hawaii Yoga Festival as featured presenters. I will be teaching a two-part class called First Thoughts: Intuitive Writing for Greater Clarity and Purpose.
This is where I see the expansion happening. I see a lot of sharing and collaborating. I see that we will meet lots of people, like we already have. I now realize that where we are headed is no longer limited to ONE location.
I will be unveiling lots of new things in the coming year and as much as the process of growth can be painful, messy, and chaotic, there's a purpose for it.
This is my realization for this evening at midnight.
Stay tuned for what's next and thanks for being here friends. I appreciate each and every one of you!
Have you ever noticed that when things feel unbearable, life shows you another side you've never seen before?