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I haven’t had a lot of time lately to write! I’ve been working two part-time jobs in addition to my very full-time job. Luckily, things have started to quiet down a bit. I’ve been feeling very impatient. With a schedule that was stretched so thin, I started to get snippy.

I didn’t have time to get on my yoga mat as much. I didn’t have time to write. I didn’t have TIME. But you know what? That’s some BS right there.

I had time. I was trading it for US currency. What little free time I had left over after work and teaching yoga, I decided to farm out to a part-time retail gig. The job itself was not awesome, but I met some great people there. At the end of the day, though, I was exhausted. I wasn’t hitting the mat enough. Yoga keeps me sane. I wasn’t writing at all. I enjoy writing.

Finally, the other week, I decided that it wasn’t worth it. The extra dollars in my pocket were not enough compensation for what I was ultimately losing. The Universe, call it what you will, usually knows exactly what you need. It tells you in subtle ways, at first. If you’re bullheaded like me, it takes some considerable knocking to get the message across. I wore myself out. Like a damned fool.

As soon as I decided to “retire” from my third job, I got an offer to teach another yoga class. Then another. I will be still doing the side hustle (the one I love), but it will be muuuuuuch easier on my schedule. Funny how, when I made a little room in my life, Awesome slipped right in.

On another note, the whole “time” thing is especially poignant for me tonight. A friend of mine – a hilarious, snarky, sweet man – is in the final stages of cancer. He is far too young, too bright of a spark, to be dimmed so early. As I sent thoughts and prayers up to his husband and family tonight, I thought a lot about time.

For me, these events have lined up in such a way that I will really give thought to my “time” in a different way now. It was a lesson I’ve needed to learned (knowing my bullheadedness, I may well have to learn again down the road).

Now that I have had a refresher on “time”, I plan to post more regularly. Weird stuff. Deoderant. Recipes. Essential oils. Yoga sequences. Guys, I’ve been gone a while. We’ve got lots of catching up to do.

Namaste,
SY

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I’m not sure how it started.  Looking back, I think perhaps Upworthy was the gateway drug.  Interesting, feel-good (or feel-righteous-outrage) content started popping up in my Facebook feed. When I started teaching yoga, I added Doyouyoga for the yoga-centric articles and occasional videos.  Then Facebook started suggesting pages – “Hey, Skeptical Yogi! I smell what you’re cooking, and I think it’s wellness! Lots of wellness! Why don’t you also like Elephant Journal? Oh, also Mindbodygreen. And don’t forget Yoga Journal!”

Click.  Click. Liked. Liked!

Soon, my Facebook feed became a barrage of wellness information. “Hemp seeds are the new flax seeds!” 

“Top fifteen reasons why you should already be on a juice fast!” 

“Kale! Eat more kale!”

At first, I felt a twisted sense of obligation to click through.  As a yoga instructor, and someone with a personal interest in this amorphous “wellness” collection of interests (trend? Should I not call it a trend?) I felt that by not reading whatever article popped up, I was missing out. Also, they frequently piqued my curiosity! What ARE the top eight nutrients my diet is missing? Pray tell, what health benefits will I reap from mindfulness meditation? What’s that? A step-by-step guide to tadasana?? Yes, please!!

It can be an awful lot of information to absorb. Add to that the fact that many of these wellness sites recycle the same articles and reword the same lists. And some send out updates several times an hour (I’m looking at you, Elephant Journal).  It got overwhelming. As a new yoga instructor, I was already feeling overwhelmed. I overthought every class, spent hours on YouTube, and agonized over every pose. The last thing I needed was my Facebook feed screaming at me, “Hey! You forgot something!” 

So, I started weeding out. I “unliked” one afternoon until logging onto Facebook no longer felt like a endless wellness magazine. I kept the ones who have quality content, and who don’t bug the sh!t out of me with endless posts. I’ll post soon about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the wellness sites!