Hello, my beautiful friends! As I write this, I am sitting in one of my favourite cafes, sipping on an almond milk mocha. The sun is shining through the windows and my adorable husband (still feels strange saying husband) is sitting beside me - creating an amazing website. This is the life. Over the weekend, I celebrated one of the best decisions I have ever made. July 29th marked the 6 year anniversary of my sister and I moving to Victoria from Edmonton. The main reason behind the relocation was because our mother was recovering from Stage 3 Colon Cancer. We were unable to be present during the year of chemotherapy, but wanted to move here to support her when our stars aligned and allowed us to make the move. Six years ago we were full of fear (still unsure about our mother's health) and full of excitement (we were moving to an ISLAND.) We were sad to leave our dad and friends behind and nervous about being "grown-ups" having to make new friends! Talk about mixed emotions.
The yoga studio was my sanctuary. I spent all the time I could taking classes, attending workshops, becoming certified and diving into spiritual texts. The ocean and breathtaking nature of this island, my yoga/meditation practice, and my sister's ridiculous sense of humour is what got me through a scary time in my life. Instead of isolating, freaking out and moving back - I spread my wings and grew exponentially. It is so true that we have to move outside of our comfort zones to grow. I now realize that change is a good thing. Scary and uncomfortable, but necessary. Hindsight is a wonderful gift. I won't pretend the past six years have been perfect. There have been ups and downs, heartbreaks and breakdowns. And I do wish that my father and friends from Alberta lived closer as I miss them terribly. *Hint, hint*
But, six years ago, I never could have imagined the life that I now live. On a daily basis, I pinch myself. I am so full of gratitude, love and happiness. Yesterday, my mother had her last medical test for her cancer clinical trial (she is six years cancer free, baby!)
I read a quote a few weeks ago which sums up what I have been reflecting and meditating on this week: "Making a big life change is pretty scary. But, know what is even scarier? Regret." - Anonymous.
So, what are you waiting for? Make the leap to live your fullest potential. Stay consistent with your yoga and meditation practice, soak up the love and support from family and friends, say positive and I guarantee you will look back and think, "Holy s@$%"! This is the life."