This week's post comes with a little announcement. If you have been following this blog at all, or any of my social media posts, you know that for the past 18 months, we have been on tour with Matilda the Musical. Our daughter was born on the road, just a month into our first tour stop and it is essentially the only life she has known, though she has probably been the most cognisent for these past 6 months when we have had the luxery of being in one place for that time. We recently had to make the decision whether or not to continue on the tour for the final 6 months or to pack our bags and decide what to do next, beyond Matilda. When we started this entire adventure, we did so thinking that we would give 6 months a go and then see where we were. 6 months turned into a year which turned into the last 6 months here in Canada and perhaps not surprisingly, we have made the choice to see it through, and take this entire journey full circle right to the very end.
It may seem like an obvious choice, anyone who knows an actor in their life, knows how important it is to take on employment when the opportunity is there. In truth, we knew that wasn't enough of a reason to continue on however, as that would just be a choice solely made out of fear. We've also done this before so it might seem as though doing it again is just a piece of cake. The difference between the year spent on the road prior to Toronto is that our stays in each city were fairly long. We were able to be in a place for minimum 2 weeks at a time and in many cases, longer. This time around however, our maximum stay will be 2 weeks and in most cases, each Monday we will be in transit to the next tour stop. This is where I take a deep breath. I will admit, I am anxious and uncertain about this entire prospect. Moving our daughter, and our dog for that matter, each week from place to place is going to and already is requiring a lot of energy and stamina and WORK. To most people, and admittadly to myself at times, this just seems like a choice of insanity. I get that.
However. That is one point of view. There are always two sides to every story, including your own. While it would be incredibly easy for me to focus on all of the fear, doubt, worry and stress that will be present at times along the way, I know that isn't my only option. The other point of view comes with embracing the craziness and the adventure of it all. To see the opportunity that is being given to see and get to know even better, our home country, and quite frankly, this comes at a time when perhaps that is paramount. As a parent, there is a whole other aspect to making this choice as well. Justin and I both fully believe in seeing as much as possible outside of what you know and for being a YES to moments of uncomfortability. We believe wholeheartedly that being outside of your comfort zone is the only real path towards growth and that by cultivating a mind that is open, you create a direct pathway to an open heart for all humankind. Deciding to take our 18 month old on this crazy adventure, is going to have some very difficult moments, for all of us and we fully acknowledge that...but it may also be an opportunity to instill these values in her by example. Our hope is that while we are riding on airplanes, staying in different houses/apartments/hotels and getting to know new people and places along the way, our daughter will see that she is part of a bigger picture. Her life, her actions, her acts of kindess or otherwise all play a part in how this world turns and operates. As her parents we feel honored to have this opportunity and as responsible adults, there will be lessons along the way that we too, will need to learn or even re-learn and be reminded of ourselves. We are making the choice then, to be a YES to embracing the uncertainty of it all. We know that 6 months of time is in reality so short and then upon closing out this chapter of our lives, we will be faced yet again with another uncertainty of what comes next. I am confident we will take the same approach when the time comes.
In the meantime, I am stepping on my mat daily, doing a lot of planning and organizing and getting ready for what is certain to be a grand adventure filled with all kinds of twists and turns. I am greatly looking forward to continue my teaching each Sunday from a new city each week. I am also excited to visit yoga studios wherever we are and my hope is to share with you all each new space and community that I come in contact with on here. If you are reading this and are in one of the cities we will be visiting (which I will post below) or know of great spaces and teachers that I should visit and experience, please let me know!! As I wrote in a post way back on the beginning of this tour, we are living the name of this blog, one hOMe at a time. You don't have to be traveling every week to do that however. As each day begins, it brings with it new uncertainties and possibilities for adventure, even in the most mundane moments. The question is, will you choose to be a YES for whatever it has to offer?
I am going to leave you this Sunday with a quote from a book I am currently enjoying every day; Daily OM by Madisyn Taylor. Each day I open it up to a new chapter, and after I had already planned on writing this blog post, this is what I read (I hear you universe, you've got my back!):
There are long and short roads that are sometimes curved and sometimes straight. Enjoy and learn from the adventure. Often when you look at nature, the beauty is in the unexpected. No two plants or minerals are exactly the same, and even the smallest buds curve gracefully. The winding path is often th emost interesting one. The lesson you can take from that is to avoid becoming attached to what "needs" to happen and remain flexible as you continue on your journey. If you are determined to achieve certain goals, you will do so, no matter how many twists and turns you must travel.
Have a beautiful and blessed Sunday everyone. Love, the gypsy-mama-yogini
Cities we will be traveling to in 2017
Albuquerque, NM - January 12 - January 15th
Costa Mesa, CA - January 17th - January 29th
San Diego, CA - January 31st - February 5th
Tempe, AZ - February 7th - February 12th
Salt Lake City, UT - February 21 - February 26th
Portland, OR - February 28th - March 5th
San Jose, CA - March 7th - March 12th
Las Vegas, NV - March 14th - March 19th
Sioux Falls, SD - March 22nd - March 26th
Minneapolis, MN - March 28th - April 2nd
Cinncinati, OH - April 4th - April 16th
Atlanta, GA - April 18th - April 23rd
Fort Lauderdale, FL - April 25th - May 7th
Orlando, FL - May 9th - May 14th
Providence, RI - May 17th - May 21st
Raleigh, NC - May 23rd - May 28th
Lincoln, NE - May 29th - June 4th
San Antonio, TX - June 6th - June 11th
Fort Worth, TX - June 12th - June 18th
Tulsa, OK - June 20th - June 25th
Please let me know if I will be seeing YOU in any of these cities!! Or if you are a studio owner looking to host a workshop while I'm in town, feel free to contact me here!
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