My word for 2018 is innovation. In the fall of 2017, I decided that I wanted to try something new each month. I wanted to have the experience of doing something that would put me out of my comfort zone. So, my idea to use innovation to frame my goals for 2018 was born. I also thought about using the idea of innovation to serve for inspiration of how I can handle regular things in my daily life a little differently. Why not try new approaches to things and see what happens. I had heard about people having new experiences after a major event happened in life. I decided that I could start in the new year. In the fall I started talking with Nichole, a colleague of mine who brainstormed a few creative ideas with me. She often talked about how much she enjoyed Yoga, and I had always wanted to try a class out (but, yet was honestly terrified about going- since I had no experience), so my trial of doing a new scary thing was born. Before taking on a major project, I was excited about seeing if the experience was what I really wanted.
At the end of November, Nichole gave me the schedule to the yoga classes downtown and told me how to go about attending the first class. She also mentioned she would go with me when I attended my first class so I would not be quite so nervous.
I remember being so excited, yet so nervous about how the class would go. During the first 10 minutes of class, I felt weird and was concerned that I did not fit in. Plus, I really wanted to like Yoga. But, I was not sure that I did. Although, I am glad that the class was an hour in length. About halfway through the class, I remember thinking, “I love this, and I could see myself going back. It is honestly the best tech, mind and body detox, and I have never felt more relaxed.” It truly was like nothing I had ever experienced before. Since my first class I ended up buying more classes and I go weekly now.
My sister in law and mother in law, and a few friends also frequently attend class with me, which is really fun! I am so glad that I gave it a try, and have since realized that it is the perfect cross training for me as a runner, and will greatly help improve my work and life balance . Now, after only a month in a half, I cannot imagine my life without yoga. I am still contemplating what new adventure I will take on in January!