Catching Up - Thoughts on January 2013

Glenwood Avenue Raleigh Traffic Light |

Cherish your visions & your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. (Napolean Hill)

When I decided to get back into blogging, I got sad about all the time that had passed. Things got busy and I had my reasons for stepping away, but I just don't like how there's a big chunk of time missing. Especially since this particular chunk of time has been eventful and amazing.

January marked the beginning of my yoga teacher training at Franklin Street Yoga Center in Chapel Hill, NC. My teacher Lori Burgwyn is the founder and owner of the studio. She's a true leader in the Chapel Hill community and an example of living with passion. Lori has trained with a lot of great leaders in the yoga world, and the program we followed was heavily inspired by Baron Baptiste's Power Vinyasa style.

Franklin Street Yoga Center - Yoga Teacher Training |

I originally planned to complete my training in the second half of 2012, but that went by the wayside when I hurt my back. Re-joining YTT in January was the right choice, but it was scary at the same time. It had been less than 6 months since my back surgery, and I was nowhere near the physical shape I intended to be in when I signed up the year before. (I shared some of my thoughts about all this here.) Those first few weekends of YTT were quite an experience. I was proud of myself for showing up, but I was constantly afraid I might hurt myself or even worse, chicken out. I was in my head, and also exactly where I needed to be.

Ladybird Lake from Four Seasons Austin, TX |

One more big thing happened this past January. My Mister and I took our first trip to Austin, TX together. He was wrapping up business school and trying to line up a job. Austin was really never on our radar — we wanted to stay in NC, but were open to the idea of big city living in NYC or Boston. That visit was short, but a total blast. I went to The Spa at The Four Seasons (total splurge!) while my Mister went to his business meetings. We ate well, drank well, and started a journey that would eventually lead to us living in downtown Austin.

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