Over the last few months my Instagram especially has been turning into yoga-run-hike, and yet is still entitled “alliebarnesyoga”. I’ve been thinking about that, and I’ve been thinking, maybe I should turn it into something more generic… alliebarnes… alliebarnesactive… alliebarneswellness… etc.
But, yoga is my profession. It’s the profession I want. Running and hiking are merely hobbies and where a lot of my recreational ambitions are. But yoga? Yoga is what I think about. Yoga is what tie those together, even in the process of breathing deeply, of pondering chakras while hiking, of meditation and stretching and all the things that tie energy together. Balance.
So, alliebarnesyoga! But I hope you enjoy hearing about the other things as much as I love sharing them. Any yogi-runner-hikers out there? Everyone has a niche, right? (Plus natural remedies and essential oils, occasionally. It all ties together in my mind, or at least I feel quite good with the balance in my life right now, and in what I share).
I had a conversation with a friend yesterday about this. We both have so many hobbies and at different times in our lives have felt like that’s a bad thing, that we need to find our one thing and stick to it. We both individually have had to learn that it is okay to do a lot of different things! I don’t need to just do one thing. I love that. She has a nice mix of the active and creative like I do. She’s someone I can talk for hours with because our souls are just so similar. It’s incredible. And speaking of…
I’m working on a new project and I’m quite excited about it. Part of it consists of interviews with very fascinating people (the friend I mentioned above is one of the interviews, so you will actually have the chance to witness some of those long conversations I have with her, haha!) — and people who are not only fascinating, but are wise and wonderful. Best of the best. I’ve done two interviews so far and it’s just the best. (Note: if you know anyone who is an athlete and cross trains with yoga, send them my way! I’d like to chat with them about their experiences).
Can you tell this is just a thought dump? But it sure feels good to just share.
It feels good to move forward, to do things. Honestly, a lot of things in the big picture of my life right now don’t feel right. It’s kind of the pits. But when I started remembering past ambitions and things that feel fun/good to do, and as I’ve begun pursuing those things… even if the big picture feels wrong right now, the little steps within it feel right. Or have begun to feel right. I have faith that they will lead to more— more ideas, more light, more joy, more connection, more life.
* I’d love to hear what projects you’re working on, what is bringing you LIFE right now. However, I’ve decided to get rid of comments on my blog— I got tired of getting so much spam! So find me on Instagram (@alliebarnesyoga) or feel free to send me an email (@gmail.com) to share your thoughts!