Blogtember: Life Lately

Monday, September 23: A "life lately" post. What you're up to, how you're feeling, how you're doing on your goals, etc. Bonus points for great photos! Whenever summer shifts into fall, I find myself in "back to school" mode--well, I can't go back to school, but I start itching for projects and changes alongside brisk air and hot coffee. I've also moved cities and started new jobs the past two falls, which adds to the feeling of newness and fresh starts and most of all, major personal and professional effort.

What's nice about this particular autumn is the fact that much of what lies ahead for me these next few months aligns with my personal goals for 27. I start yoga teacher training tomorrow, 11+ hours a week for the next 10 weeks. I have some writing and teaching opportunities on the horizon that could pan into fantastic experience. We've entered the busy season at my day job, full of events and activities and campaigns, all of which I feel much more prepared to tackle now that I have a year under my belt. I've made some incredible friends over the past six months, and some of those are turning into solid friendships marked by long morning runs, dinner parties and happy hours; that along brings me a great deal of joy. My relationship is experiencing a lot of positive growth in a way that feels valuable and solid. I recently visited my parents and sisters and grandparents, so I feel "caught up" there for now, which will hold me over until the holidays. AND I get to visit my very best friend and her husband in Charleston, SC. (and two visits within the span of a month feels priceless).

I set a lot of goals this past June as well as at the time of the New Year, and even though I haven't achieved hardly any of them in full, I've got the sense that I'm doing my best with what's in front of me. While life lately often brings forth stress and anxiety, I'm slowly learning to manage those emotions a bit better. Lately, life feels like a slow creation rather than a monotonous crawl. I know that feeling won't last forever and in two weeks I might look at my schedule and cry. But for now, I'm embracing the unknown of all these endeavors and trusting that I'm making all the best choices possible for myself based on how I feel and the knowledge I have in the present moment.

A close family friend shared the following quote with me in the form of a high school graduation card (the only one I've kept). I have no clue who wrote it, but it's one of my favorites:

Things we just know . . . That the first step toward getting what we want is knowing what we want That only experience can teach us the fine balance of courage and caution, of dreaming big and starting small, of living up to our abilities and leaving behind our mistakes That we can trust our hearts and change our minds And above all, choose our attitudes That we are made of stardust, each one a different light How brightly we shine depends upon the heat of our passions, the energy of our ambitions, the intensity of our love for life That's when we decide that life is good We make it so, for ourselves and others