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Growing up, I didn’t have a ton of support. I was the creative child in a family that was just focused on just getting by, so they never quite knew what to do with me. So from that place, I never really knew how empowering or essential supportive people and relationships are, until I matured, started to get over my own roadblocks. Then, I really started to mindfully cultivate relationships that made me feel good about myself and my decisions, helping me to make enormous changes in my life.
Now I have so much to be grateful for in this amazing life I’m creating, and all the support that seems to fall in line behind the decisions I’m making. I have dear friends that are happy for my successes and support my crazy life experiments (like this blog). They are the ones that make me feel heard, loved and cared for. Even more amazing is the wonderful man in my life who waited patiently as I quit my job, sold most of my belongings and traipsed off to India for a two-month yoga sojourn. I can’t imagine many partners that would be so unconditionally supportive. I definitely scored!
But beyond the people in my immediate life, there seems to be another layer of support coming from a world of people I’ve never even met. They have offered courage, humor, and empathy through their own blogs, and through sharing comments on mine.
I’m amazed at the support that roles in on my own blog. The many comments and shared experiences is truly an honor to receive and I’m astounded to think…wow, that person gets what I’m saying!! To know that I’ve touched someone’s life, or inspired a new thought or action is an incredibly moving experience.
I’ve also learned so much and grown as a result of these incredibly sharp and savvy people!! I’ve received so many encouraging words from fellow yogi and blogger Yogiinme who was ironically in India at the same time as me, suffering the heat, practicing yoga and exploring limits! I also came across Jennifer Moore’s inspiring story that brought about Pink Heels. We ended up having a random phone chat that reinforced my desire to leave my corporate job in hopes for something more (thank you so much for that Jennifer!)
I’m not sure how I came across Tina Su, but her blog ThinkSimpleNow has become a must-read for me. She is another “higher meaning” seeker, and also toured India at the same time I did. Although we never crossed paths there, our shared stories were so similar it was mind-blowing! Her commitment to productive, fulfilling lifestyle creation is so inspiring to me on a number of levels.
And of course, the sweet Kimberly Wilson, whose vision of Hip Tranquil Chick was one of the very reason’s I came to yoga in the first place. She replaces the “woo woo” of yoga with a chic-femme spin that really invites me to explore deeper, rather than the new-age words of other yogis that seem to speak a different language than my own. I just adore her blog and podcasts and highly recommend them to any and all.
There are many people that have helped me get to where I am now, but these are just a few that have stood out in my mind. I’m so grateful to these folks for inspiring creativity, improved consciousness, and deepened spirituality. To my own friends, I cannot begin to be thankful enough for their ongoing support in reading my little blog.
It truly means so much.