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I recently did something I’ve always wanted to do.
It was not something I always wanted to do. Just the opposite, in fact! A yoga retreat, while appealing for obvious reasons—including the opportunity to shape up and feel good on a warm and sunny Mediterranean island—seemed like a scary proposition, which is why I put it off for so long. Was I really capable of doing 4.5 hours of downward dogs, warrior poses, and headstands each day? I honestly didn't think so, but turns out that I was.
Besides toning up, losing a bit of excess flab, and eating three delicious vegan meals each day prepared by a private chef, saying yes to something I wanted to try but was frightened of allowed me to push through a mental boundary that said “you could never do that!”
Setting goals, big or small, and ultimately crossing them off our lists once we’ve completed them is actually one of life’s great joys. Each goal we reach is a personal affirmation that we are capable and powerful and it gives us a confidence boost. Plus, life is too short to postpone things we really want to experience.
What are some of the things on your dare-to-dream list you’d like to tick off? Would you like to run a marathon or train for a triathlon? Attend a writer’s retreat like this one run by author Joyce Maynard? Maybe you dream of starting your own catering company, or traveling to Varanasi, India, and taking a dip in the Ganges. Wherever your dreams and fear collide, I encourage you to push through and make it happen. Opportunities for growth—and, more importantly, opportunities for fun—await you!
Later this summer I'll be attending my first ever yoga retreat. I decided to do it on a whim; a friend is retreat chef, and I've always wanted to travel to Ibiza, and I had nothing planned for the end of August. It seemed like a great opportunity to try something new, even though I'm definitely not a yogini (though I have been doing the same 10-minute routine every morning for the last 10 years). I'm the type whose legs start to quiver after about 30 seconds of warrior pose, so this will truly be an exercise in stretching (ha!) the limits.
Yesterday, our retreat's yoga instructor posted something on the official facebook page that totally blew my mind: It's stretchy, bendy, toned, and lovely Meghan Currie doing an amazing yoga routine on a beach, and it is mesmerizing! I don't know if I'll ever be at that level (though wouldn't I love to have such a flexible spine and loose muscles!), but I can dream and aspire, right? If you want to see more (like I did) after watching that video, check out Meghan's website here: http://www.meghancurrieyoga.com/
I'm Aurelia, creative director here at Swell! This is my space for sharing thoughts and ideas with readers on more topics dear to my heart: Travel, wellness, veganism, and style, and living creatively and compassionately.
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