The end…

{My favorite shady spot on the playground}

The end to a wonderful summer. Who would have thought that driving 2 hours a day, no money, no fun summer vacations, not enough yoga, and a lack of sleep would be classified as “wonderful”? But it was. These little kids were my sunshine and made me laugh every day. They made me realize that this is definitely where I fit in. Finally. I have a calling. (Sneak peak at my summer: Lindsey’s intern portfolio)

The beginning… I was talking with a friend just the other day about our lives and how they have radically changed since we’ve known each other and I said to her, “I think yoga is what changed my life.” And she quickly responded, “Think?? It absolutely was. There is no doubt.” It was good to hear from someone that witnessed my change and her absolute belief that it was yoga. It’s always good to be reassured. I smiled all the way home.

The funny thing about my yoga training was that it was completely on a whim. I went to a yoga class where someone was talking about the training and I quickly wrote it off. Where would I get that kind of money?? The next day I woke up, looked up the training on the computer, and sent an email saying I wanted to sign up. Where would I get the money? No clue. But I did it (thank you tax returns and student loans) and it will go down in the books as the best money I’ve ever spent.

{After 5 days of juice fasting!}

Life advice from a 28 year old… Choices aren’t easy. The right path for you isn’t highlighted with arrows pointing you towards your best self. I have learned something from every choice I have made and every person I have met. It’s not always easy to see the silver lining when you’re going through a rough time but just have faith that you will learn from the experience in the end. Life lesson #1… Be open to new experiences. The choice to do new things leads to new adventures, meeting new people, and could change your life. Just before I went back to school I didn’t know what to do with my life or how to be happy. Then there was that fateful yoga class that changed everything. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and if you’re aware, you will learn from every choice you make (good or bad). When I look back over my life I can see how every experience taught me a valuable lesson. Life lesson #2… Don’t regret anything. That bad relationship, all the bad choices, the fight with your loved one… they will all teach you a lesson if you listen.

I always had this nagging feeling that I was meant to work with kids. But not just any kids, special needs kids. Why didn’t I just listen to those voices inside my head (haha)?? Nevertheless, I’m glad my choice wasnt easy. The journey is what brought me here and I know I’m a better person because of it. Life lesson #3… Listen to your inner self. He/she has important things to say.

The end.

{Which is really just the beginning}

, B.S. (yeeeah, baby.)

p.s. “What would you do tomorrow if you knew you would not fail?” ~Unknown

Inspiration…

Meet Cody McCasland. Cody has had a total of 15 surgeries in his short 6 year life including a double amputation of his legs. But that doesn’t slow him down. Cody loves to swimming, running, & t-ball. Cody is a true inspiration… and he does it all with a smile on his face!

See Cody on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

View Cody’s life story on the Prosthetic Center of Excellence web-blog.

Inspiration…

While I was in North Carolina for Labor Day weekend I stumbled upon The Highlands Village Square Arts & Crafts show. There were many amazing artists but this one truly opened my eyes. His name is Marcus Thomas and he is a quadriplegic by way of a skiing accident. The first day, I walked by and saw him sitting in front of a booth and thought he was just visiting as I was. But when I went back the second day he was in front of his booth painting a very intricately detailed picture! Marcus holds the paint brush in his mouth and paints these amazing pictures.

***When I arrived home I started looking for who he is and his story. I found this inspiring video…  http://youtu.be/dg_B2r3a5zk***

This one is my favorite. We all know I love labs! And also the dog, Bella was laying at his side while he was painting!

Click here for Marcus’ amazing story on his website.

Does this not give a whole new meaning to the phrase, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade??”

Inspiration…

Tao Porchon-Lynch is a 91 year old yoga instructor and ballroom dancer in White Plains, New York

Tao Porchon-Lynch learned yoga while growing up in India, in the former French colony of Pondicherry, but she didn’t become an instructor until half a century later.

For much of her career, she danced, modeled and acted in India, France, England and California. She appeared in Hollywood movies and on television before landing a job with UniTel in the 1960s, establishing TV stations in India. “I was playing with life,” she says. “There was so much to do and so little time to do it.”

Porchon-Lynch has taught yoga since the 1970s and certified 400 other teachers. Until recently, she was able to suspend herself by her hands in the full-lotus and peacock positions before she broke her wrist. She’s still a competitive ballroom dancer, despite undergoing hip replacement five years ago. “I’m not going to give up,” Porchon-Lynch says. “I’m going to dance and do yoga for as long as I live.”

By Aaron Smith, CNNMoney.com staff writer

Click here to view the video of this remarkable woman:
http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2010/04/12/n_cmr_92_year_old_yoga.cnnmoney/