It's day one of unemployment and my alarm goes off at 5:30 am. WTF. Obviously not intended. I’ve never been a morning person and would definitely not choose to wake up at this hour on my first day as an unemployed person. That’s irony for ya. It made me giggle, anyways, and I rolled over and went back to sleep to wake at, a much more reasonable, 8:30 am.
Wait a second, I feel like I need to insert a disclaimer here. I know there's probably a few of you cursing me right now. By telling you that I'm doing things like sleeping in andgallivanting across foreign lands, I'm not trying to be a dick and rub it in your face. I want this blog to be about it all, raw and authentic and what makes me happy. It won't all be rainbows and unicorns, but today it happens to be.
I love slow mornings where I get to enjoy my coffee and have time to sort out my thoughts. I brought my notebook with me and started to jot down ideas for the next blog post, as well as to-do’s and to-buy's. These next 10 days are going to go really fast.
I took advantage of the Squamish sunshine and spent the rest of the morning playing around on my camera at the beach with the dog. I have to figure out how to use my camera if I expect to take decent pictures that are blog-worthy. Needless to say, I spent the whole afternoon watching Canon EOS how-to videos on Youtube. I’ve totally got this haha. Right.
I finished off day one of unemployment with a hot yoga class. Trying to go every day before I leave. I figured that this would be a good way to get myself acclimatized to the heat and get my body moving. My yoga practice the last year has been pretty lame, so I’m excited to get back into it. The room is hot, but my body is sticky. Yeah, it’s sticky because I’m drenched in sweat, but I mean the poses feel sticky. I can feel where my body doesn’t want to be pushed. The warm heat loosens up my stiff muscles, which allows me to go a bit deeper into the pose, but I ease off. I consciously tell myself that it’s better to listen to my body than to push it.
That mid-yoga thought reminded me how I’ve ignored that stickiness in the past. When I’ve pushed through things in my life, where I should have taken notice instead: relationships, decisions, health, etc. Now, having that awareness and being able to acknowledge what’s going on, is the difference. The lesson here is that if it’s sticky, pay attention!
Stickiness aside, I’ve got a couple fun yoga things on the horizon. I’m trying to make it to Dominical, Costa Rica for Megan’s Chasing Waterfalls retreat at the end of November. And I want to get my yoga teacher training, but I don't have a plan for that yet. Going through the process of getting certified will give me the relevance and validity I need to operate a yoga/surf retreat. Surfing is another story. Thankfully my friend Stacey Jones does a lot of that research on her site isurfiyoga.com, so I'll get the inside scoop from her! I’ll need to do a little more digging and figure out what will work best for dates and locations.