MAKE SMALL CHANGES
I've been switching things around here on Blonde Darling. First and most obvious is the look of the site. When I started the blog more than a year ago, I aimed to create a space where I could explore new things and develop a site from scratch. I've learned a lot this past year, and I'm thankful I started it. I go back to this quote, that gets used and re-used across social media, but reminds me to get things in gear:
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
I think the central lesson in this quote is that making small changes amount to big differences a year later. Time won't stop, even if you want it to.
This next year I will move forward with the blog, creating new content on the topics of design, DIY, yoga and a little of my life sprinkled in there. (More on this later.) However, I want to take a look back at some highlights from this past year. Most importantly, what am I glad that I started around a year ago?
OK, so this didn't happen a year ago, but the process of getting there certainly did. I'm still getting used to saying "husband" rather than fiance or boyfriend. The day was incredibly special to both of us. We're so lucky to be surrounded by family and friends that love us, and we definitely felt it that day. I still feel like I'm walking around all heart-eyes emoji.
However, the planning process is intense, even as someone who works on the inside of some major Columbus events. When I'm a part of the planning team for any event, there's always a moment where I think to myself, "I wish I was just an attendee." The wedding was no exception. When the day when off without much of a snag (thanks, rain storm), I was like WE DID IT. Now, I feel like the fun begins, as we venture on a honeymoon soon and see where life takes us as a couple working toward a good partnership, and as individuals with independent goals.
BECOMING A ONE-CAR FAMILY
My husband and I are a one-car family. We had considered this option a few years ago after getting engaged and I just wasn't quite ready. We have fully transitioned, if not without some hiccups. After my lease was turned in, we decided to try this out with his stick shift sedan. In concept, I know how to drive a stick. In practice, I felt like an anxiety monster in the car. No need to drive like that. The stick shift lasted about a week for me before we just got a new car.
Reducing to one car wasn't about financial hardship, even though it has saved us some money. Most times, having two cars just felt like a waste to us. We both can get to work on the bus, bike or car2go (J prefers the bus), so it just made sense. I don't see us changing in the near future on that, but we always have the option to change our minds and get a second car. For now, I'm quite proud we've made it here together. Newlywed win.
September marks a year that I have been on the path of teaching yoga. In addition to intense in-class training, over the course of this year I've taught friends and family, friends of friends, and others I didn't know personally. I've taught in public spaces, attics, living rooms and on the beach. Every class and each student brings a uniqueness to the experience.
I'm thankful for the training, as it has brought out my own teaching style — spacious and calming, alignment focused and breath conscious. I am thankful for every class and each student. I'm thankful for each unpolished cue that came out of my mouth, and every time I fell out of a balance pose in front of students. (Balance struggles.)
I haven't quite distilled all my thoughts on the experience. I know I'll be sharing more. And teaching more. Speaking of, I'm teaching next Monday for Generous Yoga. It's a donation-based, gentle class. Join me?
And tell me, what small changes have you made this past year?