Do what's hard.

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Nothing worth having comes easy.

Yet, we live our lives in misery, by settling for that oh so familiar feeling of... comfort. 

Life is hard. It’s just that simple.

I’m not saying that as a bad thing either, that’s just the way things are.

Life is a constant battle, mostly because we aren’t in this thing alone, there are billions of people and factors out of our control that we have to adjust to on a daily basis.

So if life is hard anyway… and if nothing worth having comes easy… why not live a worthwhile life by challenging yourself a bit?

That’s the question I asked myself sometime after turning 25. Instead of feeling sorry for myself and staying in the bed because it’s comfortable and safe, I decided to get up, make the bed and carpe diem

Change your perspective.

Change your life.

When I look at life around me, and life ahead of me, I realize that I made the decisions to be in my current situation and that I can make the decisions to be in my desired situations.

I woke up one day and decided that I was going to become the person I’ve always wanted to be. And I wasn’t going to let any sort of timeline, accolades, accomplishments or track record keep me from becoming that person right then and there.

In that moment, I made the firm and conscious decision that:

I am powerful.

I am beautiful.

I am blessed to spend time with myself every day.

I am an early riser.

I am committed to my yoga practice.

I am a good friend.

I am a good person.

I am able to do whatever I desire.

I am smart.

I am financially responsible.

I am abundant.

I am happy to be alive and live this thing called life each day.

Sure, I have to remind myself of these things when times get rough, because again, life is hard. Shit happens. But we have to remember, we hold the power. We have more control than we realize. And when it finally hits us that feeling sorry for ourselves and subconsciously hoping for a pity party doesn’t get a damn thing done, we’ll be ready to do what’s hard and face our challenges. 

When we have a breakthrough after the struggle we are immensely grateful. Mostly because we never thought it’d happen.

It’s how I feel after I leave a hot yoga class. I literally sit there soaked, like, “oh my gosh… I did it.” And then I’m on a natural high and walk out of that class feeling like a badass. 

Or when I’m about to actually teach a class and I’m super nervous beforehand, all the way up until I introduce myself to the class and start flowing. Once its over and iI realize I did it, I forgot that I was even nervous to begin with. And to throw a lil cherry on top, when someone new to yoga comes up to me afterward shares with me that it was their first experience and that they want to continue with the practice, my heart is filled with gold. And it reminds me over and over why doing the hard things matter and make a difference.

Even doing the hardest thing first on your to-do list is worthwhile, because once you’re done you wanna have a dance party in celebration of that shit being out of the way… or am I the only one that gets that excited?

I feel good when I succeed at the things I thought I couldn’t do, or even when I just try them and make it out alive, like that hot yoga class.

Life gets a bit more exciting with cool little surprises like that. Progress is made, which is what we’re all striving for anyway right? Because perfection is overrated. Progress is sweet.

The journey awakens the soul.