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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Challenges & Surprises

5 days before 2015 began I turned 35. Having my birthday so close to the New Year always provides a double opportunity for me to reflect on the past year and set goals or resolutions for the next. For years past my list of resolutions has been a lengthy hyper-critical list of all my short-comings I wish to improve on.  This year I narrowed it down to one - "Challenge Yourself."

The first challenge I decided to participate in was A 30-Day Yoga Challenge at my local Yoga Shelter. The challenge was simple. Try to commit to spending one hour a day practicing yoga every day for 30 day. Pre-2015 Christy would have used the excuses of not being able to attend classes at the studio daily and my less than ideal conditions for at-home practice to decline participation in the challenge altogether. If there was no way for me to do all 30 days why even try. Thankfully, 2015 Christy realized that committing to attend as many classes as possible and practice as much as possible was enough of a challenge so I signed up. 

I am so glad I did. Today is the 24th day of the challenge and as of this afternoon I have attended 18 classes.  I am surprising myself daily with how quickly my practice is improving, how much stronger I am, and most importantly how proud I am of accepting this challenge and sticking with it.

Even through there are still 6 days left to go in this challenge I can say two things for certain:
1, I will not win for most classes attended in the month of January.
2. I don't care, I succeeded.
Every time I roll out my mat I succeed. I have made the time to do something good for myself. I have done more yoga in the last 24 days than I have done in the past 5 years.

Feeling successful in my yoga challenge allowed me to take on the Your Turn Challenge and what a wonderful surprise that has been.

Here's to 2015 - the year I challenge and surprise myself.



Yoga Shelter Rochester Hills, MI
Day 1 of the 30 Day Challenge 




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