This month’s takeaway: real change never happens overnight.
This month might have been the busiest month of my entire life to date. I launched this website, wrote and posted three (sometimes more) lengthy articles per week of original content, coordinated all moving parts to what publishing those posts entailed and also somehow kept up with everything else in my personal and professional life in the process. The result: I’ve never been happier or more fulfilled. The compromise: this is the first month since I changed my lifestyle two years ago that I became one of those people who literally could not find the time in a day to workout. Yes, you’re supposed to make time. But fitness just couldn’t be my priority this month, because launching my business was. I was not at all balanced in March, even though I was still striving to live well.
I did my best to get in at least two Bowspring classes per week at AC Power Yoga, and I think I accomplished that. A lot of what I did on the others days though, was walk our dog Pudge around the neighborhood for a breath of fresh air and then back I was at the computer or out the door to an event. The fitness challenge I pushed myself to accomplish at the beginning of the month completely derailed by week two. But that’s okay. I’m allowing myself to shift priorities for a little bit, because (sadly) I just can’t do it all. As long as my clean eating remains number one on the wellness priority list and I at least take some walks and jogs throughout the neighborhood on the days I’m not at yoga, I am going to commit to being kind to myself and supporting my mind and body the way I need to, day by day.
The quote of the week that inspired this post was when my yoga teacher Amanda Cepeda mentioned to me in the middle of class that my right shoulder was visibly stronger than when I started Bowspring in January. This month I have felt that I’ve worked the least, and I have worried that my muscles were losing the strength I had been working to build for years. While I still have a silly paranoia deep down that easing off of my Power Yoga practice to rest and rebuild my right shoulder issues will give me less cuts in my arms, Amanda’s comment stuck with me and caused me to reflect. Achieving anything that’s worth something never happens overnight. It has been almost three months since I’ve started working in the Bowspring, and even though I spent fewer days in the studio this month, every day I did spend there counted for something. And it’s finally starting to show in my body.
It is easy to be hard on ourselves for missing the mark on our own unrealistic expectations of perfection that we cling to on a daily basis. Whether that is juggling motherhood and a career, or marriage and a career, or family relationships and personal friendships, or just juggling the balance in a healthy relationship with yourself–don’t forget to look back and appreciate the little steps you are already taking to achieve your bigger picture. Because the bigger picture is what it’s all about.