Awhile back, I spoke about gratitude and offered it as an intention for the students in my yoga classes. We hear the word “gratitude” over and over again and know on some level that we should express gratitude for the people and things in our life. But what does it really mean?

The word gratitude is defined as, “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”

Looking back on the last two months of my life, I can’t help but think about how lucky I am to live the life I live. I’ve got gratitude oozing out of my pores these days. I wouldn’t be able to live my life and pursue my dreams the way I’ve been doing without the tremendous support system I have from my amazing family and friends. For ALL of them (and you know who ALL of you are), I am eternally grateful. Seriously. Gratitude high-fives all around to my peeps.

It’s been two months since I wrote my last blog post. Since writing my last post, I’ve completed Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training and four weeks of Yoga Sculpt Extensions at CorePower Yoga here in Seattle. I’m now teaching Yoga Sculpt here in Seattle twice a week.

I’ve also increased the number of yoga classes I teach each week from two to five – three Hot Power Fusion and two Yoga Sculpt. I’m currently working on adding more to my weekly schedule including SUP Yoga classes.

I left my full-time day job of four years at the end of March to pursue my passion of teaching yoga (and growing my blog.) Many of you may be aware of how teaching yoga isn’t an easy profession to make a healthy living on, especially here in Seattle. I’ve had to supplement my income by going back to bartending two to three nights a week. Thankfully I had bartending experience to fall back on from my college days. Over the last two months, I left one crappy bartending job and managed to find an amazing one, less than ten minutes from my house. My new job pays more and I even work less, leaving me more time to teach yoga and hike. I’m so happy. I’m so grateful.

Since my last post, I’ve also publicly announced on Instagram that as of April/May 2018 (weather dependent), I’ll be leaving for five months to hike the entire PCT, all 2,650+ miles of it. With that announcement means the training for my adventure has begun. I’ve incorporated one to three hikes a week into my schedule and am slowly starting my research and collection of gear for the trip. If any companies out there would like to help sponsor me on my trip, let me know – Osprey, Brooks, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Big Agnes, Darn Tough, ThermARest, Sierra Designs, CorePower Yoga and Mountain House, just to name a few.

I’ve made huge progress on making my dreams and goals come to life over the last couple of months, but there is still a lot of hard work ahead. I’d be lying if I said this transition has been easy. While it might look fun and glamorous online, in real life it’s been quite a struggle. I’ve had to make some hard decisions to get to where I’m at today and I’m not even near where I want to ultimately be. With all of the sacrifice I’ve made, I’ve never been happier, healthier and more grateful. I’ve gladly traded the days of slaving away in front of a computer making a comfortable wage for the days I get to spend outside, on a trail, in the middle of the week without anyone else on it but whomever I’m hiking with. I’ve gladly traded the days filled with conference calls and a grueling, ever-growing email inbox for the days where I get to make a real difference in a person’s day just by leading them through a yoga class. I get to touch people’s souls through my passion and love for teaching yoga. No one ever told me about this benefit when I went through teacher training last year. In my opinion, it has been the biggest benefit of my yoga teaching career so far.

Today, at this very moment, I challenge you to take a moment to give thanks for the many wonderful things in your life. It could be a person, thing or even a situation you’re grateful for. It’s so easy to take for granted things in life. Trust me, I’ve done it for years. Now that I’m living each day with positive intention, I’ve noticed the huge difference it’s made in my own life. I wake up every day excited to get out of bed with a big smile on my face. I smile and say hi to strangers. I don’t get road rage. My emotional eating is at an all-time low. I remind the people in my life on a daily basis how much I love them and how thankful I am for them being in my life.

Tell me, what are you grateful for?

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