The idea of embracing a fresh start can be two fold – filled with excitement of new possibilities and change, and at the same time, interlaced with feelings of uncertainty and doubt. When I was entering a phase in my life this past year where a fresh start was needed, I flip-flopped between these two extremes what felt like every five minutes! Throughout the transition process, I found some ways that allowed me to focus on the excitement and leave the doubt behind…
1. Start small. A fresh start does not necessarily mean a huge, life-altering event (move to a new country! Start a brand new career!) A simple change to your exercise routine, a relationship with your loved one, or with yourself, can produce the same rejuvenating feelings as a major change. There is no need to wait for a “perfect” moment to begin. Start now, and start small. Find little things to incorporate into your day that will align with the path you are ultimately seeking.
2. Embrace the fear and uncertainty. Yes, these feelings are going to be there, and the more you give into them, the louder they are going to scream and convince you to stop moving forward. Instead of letting these emotions overwhelm you, let them be part of the process. Sit with these sensations, acknowledge the uncertainty – in fact, own it! – and use the fear as a sign that you are moving the right direction.
3. Gather your tribe Find people who will support you- those who have gone through the process of starting fresh. Use them to silence out anyone who may be questioning your decision of whatever change you are making. Surround yourself with those who uplift you, those who you can count on to be there when those pesky feelings of fear and uncertainty become a little too loud in your head.
4. Be prepared and be ready to work. Hopefully the members of your tribe that you gathered will tell you this, but this whole fresh start thing does take work! For example, when you make the decision to begin a new job or career, make sure you are prepared and able to support yourself during any transition period. Starting over in a completely new town? Make sure that it is one that has the resources to support you and your vision. Dreams and visions are often the catalyst to start down a new a path – action and hard work is what will make them a reality.
5. Be ready to change! This whole process will change you! You will feel empowered from overcoming the doubt and uncertainty. You will trust yourself and know how to stand on your own two feet. In the wise words of J.W von Goethe “We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden.” Cheers to new beginnings!
Since a young age, Kaitlyn Hochart has been fascinated by the intricacies of the human body. This fascination originally brought her to a career in nursing, and eventually to the mat as a yoga practitioner, teacher, and life long student. She has over 400 hours of yoga training, including 200 hours of in-depth anatomy, alignment, and adjustment studies with internationally renowned yoga teacher Tiffany Cruikshank through her Yoga Medicine teacher-training program. Combined with six years of experience as a registered nurse, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the human body as it manifests in our yoga practice with my students and fellow teachers.