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Changes and Happenings.

Spring is a time of change, growth, and renewal.  Even though there is not a true winter time in So Cal, I always welcome the changing of the season to spring – the warmer weather and longer days comes with a new sense of motivation and determination for me.  This spring has brought with it the most change for me and life that I have seen probably since graduating college four years ago and moving to San Diego.  Here’s a snippet of everything that has been happening!

Job: This is probably the biggest change and transition that I am going through.  After four years at my current position, my contract is up is a couple of weeks.  It is crazy how fast the past four years have flown by working where I am.  When I moved out to San Diego for the position four years ago I could not imagine the professional growth and development I would acheive, or the amazing work relationships I would make.  When you are nurse, you commonly hear that your co-workers become your family.  I was lucky enough to find that where I work. As for what I am doing next, I will still be working a labor and delivery nurse.  Right now I cannot imagine doing anything else.  As for where I will be doing it, I am not sure!  When a transition period comes up in life, it is always the battle between branching out and trying something new, or remaining in a comfortable spot and continuing growing and learning there.  I am excited and nervous to see where I end up!

Yoga:  I have been practicing yoga for the past 2 years or so, and developed a regular practice (3-4 times a week) about a year ago.  When I was planning out this spring, I knew I had many vacation hours I had to use up or I would lose them.  The hubby and I talked so much about using this time to travel, a passion of both of ours, but ever since the fall I kept getting drawn to the idea of completing a yoga teacher training program.  The idea seemed very intimidating to me as I am still quite new to yoga myself, but I just couldn’t get the thought of doing a teacher training program out of my head.  It’s like when you are shopping and you see an amazing dress, you leave without buying it, but can’t stop thinking about it for days and days.  That’s usually a sign that you should get it.  That was the approach I took with this idea of teacher training.  As much as I wanted to get out and travel, I knew if I didn’t follow my gut and do this training now, it would never happen.  It would most likely be a long time before I had this much flexibility in my work life to allow me to complete and focus on a teacher training program.  Currently, I am half way through the program.  It is a lot of work, but I am loving every second of  it.  I am required to practice yoga 5-6 times a week on my own.  My body is slowly being broken down and built back up, and I am learning to be humble with myself and realize I cannot push myself as hard as I would outside of teacher training when I am only practicing three times a week.  I currently have a pulled muscle in my back which has forced me to slow down my practice even more, but slowly I am starting to shift my focus inwards and dive deeper into the internal aspects of the yoga practice.  It is still hard, but I am working on it.  Besides the individual classes I have to attend, I have training sessions twice a week with a great group of people.  I can honestly say I enjoy everyone I am completing this program with and its wonderful to have such a great support system.  When I graduate the program, I am still not sure what I want to do – start teaching right away, or engage is some more learning.  I honestly change my mind every single day!  One avenue I do want to explore is getting certified in prenatal yoga, as that will be a perfect blend of my passion for yoga and my knowledge of what it is like for a woman to be in labor!  I hope to share more of my journey of yoga on this blog in the coming future.

Running:  With the amount of time I am investing into my teacher training, running has taken a bit of  back seat currently.  I am loving doing my weekend races and seeing myself PR, it gives me such a rush and a sense of accomplishment as I never thought I could be running as fast as I have been!  I had hoped I could keep my mileage up during my yoga training, but after the first couple of weeks I learned I would be killing my body if I tried to do that.  I needed some rest.  I have a half marathong scheduled for this Sunday, but with my lack of training, I am not sure if I will be running it.  I am fine at shorter distances, but 13.1 miles is far, and even with all my cross training, I don’t want to put my body at risk.  I have two smaller races in May, and another half in August, so I may set my sights on that one.  I know if  I don’t run on Sunday it will be the third time missing out on a half this year, but for me it is more important to complete a race healthy and smartly, as opposed to running it just to say I did, or write about it on here.  I still love running more than anything and there is nothing better than getting out to do a quick three or four mile run with no pressure.  I am excited for August and want to train properly and smartly for it.

Crossfit:  I am still loving crossfit, but, like running, has taken a back seat to the yoga training right now.  I started going to a different time slot at my crossfit gym, and I love the coach.  Even after just one session with me he knows what I need to work on.  He is also an endurance coach and a lot of the members who come to his session are endurance athletes, so I am excited to have him help with my running.

Family Life: The one year anniversary is coming up and things are great!  We love having a puppy and have a nice vacation planned for the beginning of June.

“The only constant in life is change” – Fracois de la Rouchefoudcauld  … Bring it on! 🙂

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