My Word for 2016

“She made a promise to herself to hold her own well being sacred.” – Unknown

January is the season of goal setting, resolution, diet trends, and packed gyms. Great people with good intentions set out for a New Year, perhaps an opportunity to redefine themselves or their lifestyle, and make positive changes to their daily habits. It truly breaks my heart that resolutions have become a joke, as few people follow through with their goals after a couple weeks into the year. I, too, used to make giant lists of New Year resolutions until my mother introduced me to the practice of picking one word to focus on the for year, and that’s it. This gives a focal point to decisions I will be making throughout the year, how I choose to spend my free time and money, and gives directions to my short term goals throughout the year. You read that right, I still make other goals! Of course, with my career, two small businesses, and my own needs, I continue to make goals. I still take the time to strategize how to make more sales, how to increase my number of yoga students, how to pay off my credit card, etc. However, my word is my resolution. The word defines my year… those other goals simply support it.

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Last year, I selected the word Growth, which I reviewed at the beginning of the year. I always take the time to look back at the previous year, see the things that worked and didn’t work , clarify any unfinished business, etc. It’s my way of peacefully coming to terms with the ending of another year so I can graciously open doors for a completely new beginning. This is always exciting to me. Opportunities are limitless, so long as you continue to be open to change. That being said, I wanted a drastic shift from my experiences last year. I definitely grew, which is a journey I know will never end. However, I am all for slowing things down now.

The memories I have from 2015 of genuinely feeling happy, blissful, and naturally high were kind of limited to these few experiences where I was able to get away for a weekend, travel to family or friends, and trying new things. The rest of the year, I was busy chasing opportunities for growth (no complaints, btw).  This year, I am making more time for the people, experiences, and things that feed my soul. My word for 2016, naturally, is NOURISH.

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I don’t know if I will ever feel 100% satisfied, but I want to start catering to my hunger for connection, my thirst for adventure, my deep desire for passion and fire.  Really, my goal this year is to be guided by my heart, to stay in tune with it’s needs, and to take time for myself. I will eliminate the guilt that typically surrounds me when I’m spent too much time doing things for only my benefit, and more importantly, move away from that same guilt that haunts me on every adventure I take that I think may be costing too much. In reviewing 2015, I followed a prompt that asked me to review the things I felt like I wasted money on and to recognize the money spent on things that were absolutely worth it. Trips, work shops, festivals, moments with friends and family. All of these things were TOP of my list for what felt worth it. So, why would I deprive myself of that?
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I do not want to live the same day, every day, for the rest of my life. My soul craves way too much freedom and adventure for that. In 2016, I will be nourishing my soul, my mind, my body. I hope to be keeping you updated along the way… but I cannot make any promises. I am ready to be filled to the brim with nourishment and only chase after things that do not deplete me.

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Did you choose a word for the new year? Do you want more information on how to pick a word or how to sustain your word throughout the year. Thanks for my wonderful mama, I have some great resources for you:

  • Susannah Conway: She has great tools for help you choose your word of the year (for free)  and you can sign up for her email guidance
  • One Little Word by Ali Edwards: This was my first guide for choosing one word. If you are motivated by videos, photo journaling, and visual tools, this is where it’s at! You can purchase her kits for art journaling at home, take her classes on how to do it, etc.
  • Christine Kane: FREE discovering tool and all kinds of classes designed for self improvement.

One last thing before I go… I must share a book I have read recently that I think will be a big game changer with myself and my sisters. Miracle Mornings by Hal Elrod is a book that teaches you how to add more productivity, organization, direction, and energy to your life, all by wakings up a little earlier than normal. Sounds terrible? I promise, it is not so bad! Check out his site for some tools to help you get starts!

What’s your 2016 going to look like? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

Namaste, Taryn xoxo

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2015: A Year of Growth

“Like wildflowers; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people never thought you would.” – E.V.

Last year, my wonderful mother challenged me to pick a word for the New Year, rather than my usual endless list of to-dos and tedious goals. It was challenging to set my mind in one direction. What was I looking for in the new year? What changes did I want to make? What opportunities? What path did I want to lead myself down? A few things I knew for certain: I want to plant a garden, I want to learn more about myself, and I want to build my career and business. So, I chose the word GROWTH. And a year of growth it has been. (See my original post about Growth)

Let me start by letting you know I did not accomplish all of my goals or hopes and dreams for 2015. Some feel like they would get started, and fall, and I would continuously pick them back up again. Some lost interest in me, or I lost interest in it. Some things failed to be a priority. The biggest challenge of the year was my garden. I finally got the beds replanted, the seeds planted, and the irrigation in place. I rejoiced when little specks of green began emerging from the soil I so carefully placed. You can even check out my Instagram; I was overjoyed. Then, my 2-year-old lab experienced his own version of joy: digging in the fresh dirt and compost, thus ruining my beautiful new seedlings. I was crushed, but I continued on. My father-in-law and handy husband built me a fence and a gate to keep the dogs away from the side yard. I replanted my seeds, replaced my ruined irrigation lines, and was ready to watch my vegetables grow. However, in building this fence, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to allow the chickens more roaming throughout their side yard, out of the confines of their coop. It turns out; chickens also enjoy destroying my garden. At this time, it was too late to replant any seeds for 2015. I was crushed, momentarily. Rather than look back at my goals I didn’t meet last year and feel guilty about not accomplishing them, I am finding a new perspective. I have the opportunity now to see what on that list is truly important to me. What goals will I be sure to tackle in 2016? What goals or dreams lack the same drive they had last year? It’s a chance to refine my list, clear what is not working for me, polish those dreams that still hold a place in my heart, and move the f*** on.

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More importantly, it allowed me the chance to truly relish in all the things I did accomplish and all of the dreams I discovered throughout the year that I never would have dreamed to place on my visual board. I, indeed, grew.

BUSINESS & CAREER

I’m glad I enjoy being busy because if my business and career continue to develop at the same rate as 2015, I am in for quite a ride. I have been completely torn about my desk job for the last couple of years, working as an admin for a great community. It didn’t fulfill me or give me a reason to wake up in the morning or give me a since of belonging. It was a paycheck, mostly to pay back my college loans. However, this year an opportunity came up for me to keep my job working for a great company and move into a role I absolutely love. It is a job that excites me every morning, allows me the space to connect with others, and learn more about myself. It is one of those goals I had no idea meant so much to me until the opportunity presented itself and I jumped right in. I am loving it!

I am also pleased to say that both of my side jobs are growing too. I started teaching yoga in May this year and it is amazing. I am building a following, my students are transforming before my eyes, and I am even having to turn down yoga opportunities as demands are growing. It is phenomenal. Plus, my small business with Sierra, Inspired by Sisters is doing wonderfully. We are growing at a pace that is manageable, but challenging. We are finally bringing home some small paychecks, our reputation in our little town is growing, and we continue to have top rated reviews. I cannot be more grateful for the people who are supporting my dreams. I am seriously on a high right now just thinking about how far we have come.

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RELATIONSHIPS

I am connected with some phenomenal people this year. I am learning that there are so many different kinds of people, different kinds of friends, different kinds of relationships to be had. I am also learning that some people click with me better than others, and the crazy people-pleaser that is me has accepted that I do not need to keep all my friendships and it is not my responsibility to encourage relationships that do not seem to be healthy. I have met so many amazing people. I am incredibly thankful for connecting with a fellow YTT student, Jo, during our classes. He has introduced me to a different culture, full of acceptance and some of the warmest souls you will ever meet. Through him, I have met Vanessa, who is one of those friends you connect with right away and it feels like they have always been a part of you, even if you only met them 10 minutes ago. I love that they have got me out of my comfort zone, out into the world seeking adventure, but also turning inward and exploring within myself.

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I am also very grateful that my relationship with my husband continues to grow. It is always a challenge when two people come together, trying to merge two paths that do not intertwine very easily. It is a daily struggle to allow myself growth, allow my husband growth, and remember to come back together at the end of each day and grow together. We are starting to get the hang of it!

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PERSONALLY

I have a very strong belief that we should all be growing, changing, evolving all the time, throughout the entirety of our life time. I am pleased to say I witnessed a year of DAILY growth. I am serious. I found something new about myself constantly this past year. It really made me question whether I was growing at a more substantial rate than normal or if I was just so conscious about it that I noticed more than I normally would have. Maybe it is a combination of both. I learned to be kinder with myself. I learned that I cannot always get everything that I want to get done accomplished and that it is vital that I keep my perspective clear, rather than my to-do list. I have learned that I have a heart thirsty for adventure, eager to connect with new cultures, to engage with a vast variety of spirits. I have learned to be aware of my faults, not so I can mock them, but so I can eventually turn them into my strengths.

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I am more connected than I have ever been with myself. That is the best change I have experienced for all of 2015. I cannot even put the feeling into words.

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With that being said, I am very eager to see what the new year brings me. I am eager to share my word for the new year. I am eager to continue on the path with new friends, new dreams, new adventures. My goal is to share this with you something this week, but who knows where I will be guided…

Thank you all for helping me GROW in 2015.

Namaste, Taryn xoxo

My Little Word for 2015: GROWTH

“There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” – Ronald Reagan

Ok y’all! I have a ton to get you caught up on but today is not that day… I am working diligently to turn in my yoga graduation packet this weekend and then I will fill you all in on the past month of my life! However, real quick I wanted to share my first entry for my “One Little Word” notebook for 2015. If you have never heard one One Little Word, I encourage you to check out Ali Edward’s website: aliedwards.com. More important, watch THIS VIDEO to get motivated to make your own word for 2015.

I created journals and inspirational collages for myself and each of my co-workers who wished to join me on this venture. I told them I would give them ideas (hopefully weekly) to journal about, reflect upon, etc. so they can really embody their chosen words this year and have a notebook that was uniquely theirs.

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For today’s entry, I emailed the group the following: “Take the time to write out your little word and reflect upon it. Why did you pick it? What draws you to this word? How do you hope this word changes your life this year or reflects throughout your daily life? Whatever inspired you, write it down. This will be a great page to reflect back on when you are not feeling connected with your word or have doubts. Have fun!”

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Here is my entry:

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My biggest goal for 2015 is to grow into more of the person I want to be, which I know is already hidden within me. This year, I will embrace the mud, allowing my personality to blossom above the ground and blooming for everyone to see. I want to embrace this quote that inspired me to pick the word growth:

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud – the obstacles of life and its suffering… The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life… whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness, and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.” – Goldie Hawn

I have big dreams for my life and I must learn to accept that with big dreams come big changes. It takes wisdom, passion, faith, and support to step out of the comforts of the grounded earth in order to reach higher and higher – to fly. Growth is not a choice; it is inevitable. However, I get to choose my environment. I get to choose the soil and the amount of sun and the food. I get to choose how tall I grow, how far I expand, how radiantly I wish to shine.

          This is my goal for 2015.

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Thanks for reading! xoxo Taryn