I have to admit that I was a bit grumpy last week and I can’t exactly put my finger on the reason. I have a few ideas, but honestly, it was a bit strange. I was so inspired and energized in my workouts and nutrition (Pro tip: it’s OK to admit when something isn’t working and make adjustments as necessary), but other than that, I was just feeling a bit stuck and uninspired. I was finding some past stressors bubbling back up to the surface and as I drove home from work on Thursday, I couldn’t help but cry and ask the Universe for guidance. I took it easy on myself Thursday night and actually climbed into bed around 7:30, shutting off the lights to try and sleep before it was even 8pm.
I get that a bedtime that early may sound nuts, but it was definitely needed. I woke up right before my alarm Friday morning and while there was still a bit of leftover crabby hanging around, I felt loads better and started getting hit with some inspiration, ideas and guidance, which was just what I needed.
About a year ago on Talk Less, Say More, I shared a post on yoga etiquette and since I have a new space and a few things to add, I figure it makes sense to revisit this conversation. I’ve been practicing yoga off and on for about 9 years at this point and have been to a handful of studios, as well as practiced at home. I feel that so many of these points fall into the idea of general etiquette, yet are often overlooked by people. It’s also important to point out that studios can definitely differ and what may be a total no-no one place may be okay at another, so it’s important to get to know your studio. So let’s hop to it.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who is thankful for the work week to go by quickly, but hates how fast the weekend flies. I came back from Easter weekend with a car full of some treasures I accumulated from my grandma’s house. I am so grateful for each thing I got, whether something useful like a new-to-me bag or something very special like the handful of ornaments, her beloved Longaberger baskets, or one of my great Uncle Kenny’s old record players and a few records.
I didn’t have much time throughout the week to sort through the pile where everything was dumped when I took it out of my car, so the big thing for my weekend was getting everything put away. This task quickly morphed into going through everything in my apartment, figuring out what I need and what I don’t, what I use and what I don’t, what I want and what I don’t, and putting those “don’t” items in a pile to come back home with me in a couple weeks to get thrown into the family garage sale pile.
I hope everyone had a great weekend. I drove home for Easter with my family and a belated birthday celebration with some friends, and really just took the weekend away as an excuse to take a break from everything – social media, emails, or even opening my laptop. I often find the idea of not looking at emails or social media as overwhelming since it means more to sort through at a later date, but sometimes just allowing yourself to live in the moment is best.
I’m a bit late (and a bit behind) on the April Love challenge, but this isn’t about perfection, it’s about connection, community and self love. Sometimes self love means skipping a day or two, taking it easy, and just going with what feels right; that’s what I did.