That expression is the one thing of value my mother imparted on me.
At the end of any year, it’s so easy to reflect and find bad moments to encourage resolutions for a better next year. But really, every day you have that option. Every moment. You can decide wether your life is good or bad.
Every single moment.
Happiness is a conscious decision. It’s not something that happens to you. It’s your second arrow. It’s what you do with what you have. I went into 2017 with a lot of bitterness about the 2016 election and subsequent change in power. Then I stopped sleeping and found myself deeply unhappy despite having a pretty sweet situation in life.
I got laid off from my marketing job of nearly four years. That hurt, I loved and still do love those people.
But it was the driving force to get Rise Up Yoga up and running.
I went to Columbus for a teacher workshop.
In less than a month, I was in my first school running the pilot program.
I got to spend Spring break with one of my oldest and dearest friends and his family. We transversed the metro area and bonded and it was like we’d had lived 20 year apart.
I got to be there when my son graduated (so silly) from Kindergarten and left Montessori school. The we spent summer together hitting up skate parks and public pools; offering free yoga on Sundays at City Park and at parks in lower income areas of Denver. We spent days in together during the unbearable heat of July inside watching Troll Hunters. We read, we explored, we created plans. I got to reconnect as a mom with my quickly growing boy.
Then I was invited back for this school year to my resident school in Aurora. In November, Rise Up Yoga expanded to our second school. My former middle school in the economically depressed Commerce City. We raised enough to buy all new mats for the girls at the school. BRAND NEW MATS! For a first year NPO that is a huge deal. But those girls deserve it.
I’m closing out my first fiscal year with a smile and a heart full of gratitude. A ton of work to do and the amazing gift that was spending winter break with my (again) quickly growing son. He told me he’s now negative seven. I love that kid.
And after a nice refresh, I can’t wait to see all my other kiddos and my school family.
Only advice you need from this post: choose to make your life happy. And full of purpose.