When we decide to take a look back in time all the arrows point us to exactly where we are now, but still we couldn’t have imagined it if we tried. I am exactly where I need to be.
Born and raised in a northwest suburb of Chicago I dreamed of sunny days days filled with the reflection of the ocean and sunsets between mountains. In 2011, I packed my bags and headed for Los Angeles. I started graduate school for occupational therapy and continued to dive into practicing yoga. I completed my yoga teacher training 200 RYT in Chicago with Corepower Yoga and furthered my learning with their extensions program in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Yoga and graduate school created the space to allow me to get to know me. How do I handle conflict? Can I just sit with my thoughts? When things get hard do I bail or push through? I learned that I am not a result of what ‘s around me, but I decide how I react and ultimately how my life will unfold.
After volunteering in Uganda during the summer of 2007, I knew wanted to continue to help others, but I felt like I needed a skill. Luckily, I stumbled upon occupational therapy. As an occupational therapist, I help individuals participate in life with meaning and be as independent as possible.
I’ve learned if you want to help others, you have to know yourself. My practice of yoga and experience of grad school got the ball rolling of teaching the invaluable lesson of turning inward. But the teachings of Vedanta solidified the necessity of turning inward and exercising your brain.
“The process of finding happiness within one’s own Self may be difficult and slow but it cannot be found anywhere else.”
— Swami Parthasarathy
This doesn’t mean I dont have bad days and just want to drink wine and lounge on the couch. But I have the choice to do whatever it is I want. I let go of the idea that I am terrible at swimming and dislike running by not only challenging my body, but my mind by completing the Nautica Malibu Triathlon last September. Who knew swimming could be so meditative?
My thoughts are pretty much dominated by food. Vegan food that is. A lot of my friends would say all I talk about is food. I mean it is essential for life. And that includes coffee, tea, and wine. But everything comes back to food doesn’t it? Julia Child said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.”
If you can’t already tell, I am inspired by quotes. I will leave you with one last quote.
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” — Jack Canfield
So here I am trying to get on the other side of fear one more time. I am embarking on a different kind of triathlon- a constant challenge and delicate balance of MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT.