“Life is too short to wait.”
Read that quote and think about it for a moment. Is there something in your life that you are waiting to experience? Are you ready to take a leap of faith?
I recently made a very important decision about my future that will not only be a big change for myself but also impact my life as a mother and wife. After months of soul searching, setting up on a path of learning, growth, and healing, I have decided to pursue teaching yoga.
If you had told me a year ago that I would be doing this I would have thought you were joking. I was working as a copywriter at the time and quite happy with my job. I was practicing yoga as a way to find peace and healing as I navigated life with depression. The thought of branching on my own to teach yoga was the last thing on my brain.
But a lot has changed in just a year. I lost my copywriting job, fell deeper into my depression, scrambled to figure out what I was going to do with my life, tirelessly filled out application after application in the process to find full-time work, relaunched Mama@Heart, and in an effort to find myself feeling useful and accomplishing something, I dove into a mindset that had me wanting to learn and expand my skills. I watched tutorials, took online courses, read articles and books, and eventually made the choice to sign up to do the 200-hour yoga teacher training certification.
I’m not sure really what prompted me to take this course, all I knew was that I felt very drawn to this learning opportunity. I felt kinda crazy going into it. I kept asking myself, “do I really want to become a yoga teacher?” At the beginning of the six-month process, I had no idea what the answer to that question was, but I did believe that in some way doing this course was going to provide me with some much-needed clarity. For months my life had felt so clouded and I was ready to have a clear picture of what I was meant to be doing.
As I reached the final month of doing my 200-hour course, it became quite obvious to me that teaching yoga was definitely in my future. My final training weekend came and in the days that followed I surprised myself in a way I never have before: I started looking into setting out on my own to teach yoga. I went online and began searching for a space I could teach out of, I looked into the cost of getting supplies, starting planning classes I want to teach…it all just came flowing out of me. It was as if a blindfold had been removed from my eyes and I could finally see light again.
Why was I surprised? Because for the first time in my career life I have never felt surer of what I want. I thought I knew exactly what it was before, but I kept holding myself back; kept making excuses to move forward. I have never taken a leap of faith like this before and just went into something feeling so strongly about pursuing it. Something inside me has changed. Life is too short to wait. I know what I want to do, I feel ready to go for it and I’m done making excuses.
Making big life decisions like this as a parent is scary. I don’t just have myself to look after, but also a family, and ultimately this impacts them as well. But one thing that has stuck with me during my entire thought process of proceeding on the path I’m on is that I am providing a valuable life lesson to my children. Not only am I showing them that it’s never too late to follow your dreams, but I’m also demonstrating to them that when we face difficult times in our lives it is possible to come out the other side stronger and happier than before. It’s taken patience, determination, courage, and faith to get to where I am right now, and I hope my children are seeing how powerful it is to believe in yourself.
I’m taking a leap of faith and I’ve never felt more excited! If you’ve ever had doubts about pursuing a dream and going for something you know would bring joy to your life, I encourage you to have faith in yourself and make it happen. Imagine not only what it could mean for you, but also what you could mean to those who love you most.