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Living a Passionate Life

I am sitting in my friends apartment in Santa Monica, CA, writing my first blog post for 2013. I am preparing to head back to Sydney tomorrow night after an incredible 2.5 week holiday.  Business mixed with indulgent pleasure, including some time spent in LA and a 7-night yoga retreat on the beach in Tulum, Mexico, on the Mayan Riviera. It makes me realise what is important in my life, what makes me happy, what I need to do more of, less of, basically it gives me time to think.  Sometimes a lot of time thinking can be dangerous for me, and other times it is a basic necessity to realise how lucky I am to live the life I have created for myself.

When I started Skye LifeStyle 4 years ago, I had little (basically no) idea of how to run a business. I left an extremely stressful job behind me in LA, and full of determination and passion for my yoga practice I started a new chapter in my life. I believed that if I could feel as good as I did with yoga in my life, I could share that passion with others. All I knew is that I no longer wanted to work in a corporate office, I knew I needed a career change.  I learnt something new everyday, and just accepted each new learning with an open heart and open eyes. Starting off with one class a week, some business cards, a website, and so on. Before I knew it I had built up some regular classes through a solid reputation for being a reliable and professional teacher.
In yoga Sanskrit there exists a word called “satya”. It means truth, honesty, to be your most authentic self.
I am now living an authentic life.  Doing something I believe in.  Something I am passionate about. Something I LOVE!
Are you living your most authentic life? Or is it time to make some changes?
I’ve come to a time in my life where I understand the importance of living a life with intention, having goals, having people in my life that enrich my life, not drag me down. People who believe in a positive mind and “go get em” attitude.
A life where I work and play with like minded individuals, that encourage me to work even harder to pursue my dreams, uplift me.
While I was on retreat in Tulum, I met a fascinating and interesting man called Leo. We had some great conversations over the course of 7 nights and one of them was about life goals and aspirations.  He created a wonderful blog called www.45before45project.com.  I left the retreat with my own draft of what I want to achieve before I am 40.   While this is an ongoing process, I have started. Starting is the hardest past.  Have you set a target list for what you want to achieve, for this year? Next? 5 years from now?  I encourage you to take time before January gets away from you. I like the way that Leo sets his goals in sub heading order; i.e, travel, personal culinary, self development, and so on. Give it a try. Share your goals with a friend, talk about what your life could look like if you make some small or large changes.  It’s so much fun!l
I was on retreat with Kathryn Budig, a famous Florida based yoga teacher whose class I used to take while I lived in LA 6 years ago.  Her classes are playful and challenging.  Through Kathryn’s nurturing and encouraging nature I advanced my yoga practice in ways I never thought imaginable throughout our 3 hours of practice a day over the 7-nights.
I feel strong, passionate, happy and positive for the year ahead.  My goals are underway…are yours?
As Ferris Bueller so famously said back in the 80’s:
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while you might miss it”.

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