Time can be such a funny thing. On one hand it can seem to drag on, but in the same instance, be passing in the blink of an eye… like 2017 is almost over! It’s so strange for me to think that one year ago today I was in Rishikesh, India fully submersed in my yoga teacher training (YTT) with my beautiful classmates. I was at the start of my six month leave of absence from my 12 year government job. It still boggles my mind that it’s been over a year since I’ve sat at that desk…. like WOAH! I can’t help but smile at the woman in that picture above, sitting in front of the Taj Mahal not knowing what she would be coming home to or the things she would do.
Unplugging from the “matrix” definitely has taught me how to see the bigger picture from a birds eye view. All I have been through and accomplished since taking that leave, makes me reflect on how much can happen in one year and all the abundance I do have to be grateful for. I’m not telling my story here to brag, but it amazes me and my hopes are to inspire YOU. I was at a point just 2-3 years ago where I would fully declare myself a “lifer” at my work. The more conscious and aware I became, the more apparent it was, that was not how I wanted to spend the next 25 years of my life. As much as I feel that I still have a long way to go, I look back at 2017 and realize how far I have come.
Shortly after returning from India last Christmas, I began teaching meditation at at yoga studio. I enrolled in an aerial YTT and very shortly after that began teaching both aerial and hatha yoga. At the same time I started working with my first conscious lifestyle coaching client and by the early spring landed my first corporate wellness workshop at a law firm on Bay St. In April I co-facilitated my first international yoga retreat in Bali and in May Irie Soul curated and directed the wellness program for the inaugural year of Tmrw.Tday Culture Fest in Negril, Jamaica. In the summer I landed another corporate client that has turned into a monthly program for 2018. I entered into yet another YTT this time for pre and post-natal yoga which I am currently facilitating. Irie Soul is now also offering day retreats within the city.
My plan this fall was to head back to India, this time to Kerela to study Ayurveda, an ancient natural healing system, but it didn’t happen. Instead of India, I ended up in Montreal studying at a Thai Yoga Massage school that dives deep into Ayurvedic principles and am now actively practicing Thai massage.
It’s crazy to me how learning to teach meditation in 2015 has lead to all of this. Some people may think I’m all over the place jumping from course to course but truthfully to me, they are all one in the same. I wouldn’t trade the life and creative freedom I have now to go back to that safety net. It is clear now that abundance comes in many forms, not just as dolla dolla bills y’all.
I catch myself wondering if I can keep up this pace but I let that thought go and focus on staying present & in the flow. I know that as long as I continue to follow my passion and spread my wings I will soar. I am grateful for every experience 2017 has brought, all the hard lessons too. I trust and believe that everything will come in divine timing and I encourage you to do the same. Time is precious and we can accomplish amazing things if we just put the right energy into it.
Love & Light,
Stacy – Irie Soul Xx