Fear fills our hearts. Guilt plagues our souls. Often we make decisions based on these two factors allowing them to consume our lives. Take a moment to reflect on something as simple as your plans throughout the summer. How many activities are on your calendar because you are afraid to say “no” or you will feel guilty if you are not there?
We spend so much time compromising our own happiness and even health so that others accept and love us. When we begin to make decisions that we feel good about, we cultivate happiness and health from within. Our lives begin to transform and those that truly love us become magnetized towards us.
Move towards your dreams and your goals no matter who decides to follow. Make a decision to be the best that you can be and know that others will follow in your footsteps.
For me, the last few years have been filled with scary decisions and life changing events. Through each phase, I decided to listen to my heart and follow. I am no longer a Dean of Students, (Yes, surprise, surprise, that was past life.) but I am now a yoga teacher and health and wellness marketing consultant that travels the world hoping to help others become happy and healthy.
Despite what others said, despite my fear, I chose the road less traveled and I cannot be more grateful for making that decision. If I listened to those that doubted me or the fear and guilt that plagued my soul, I would not be where I am today. When making decisions, small or big, similar to yoga asana (the physical practice), I reflect on my foundation. Does this activity, plan, partnership make me feel healthy and happy? If the answer is “no,” I walk the other way and know that those who love me will understand and may even follow.
We often say, “Life is short!” Well, summer is even shorter. So, start with baby steps and begin to focus on you and your happiness and health throughout the summer. Don’t be afraid to say “no.” Don’t be afraid to choose a different path. Don’t feel guilty because you didn’t agree. Choose you and your path for the summer. Fill your days with all things and activities that make you happy and healthy. I hope this summer journey turns into a journey that lasts a lifetime.
REMEMBER, YOU ARE AWESOME! YOUR IDEAS ARE AWESOME! YOUR DECISIONS CAN AND WILL CHANGE THE WORLD!
Wishing you happiness and health!