5 Ways to Seize a Fresh Start

mala-beads-yoga-tiny-devotions-photographer-photographer-richelle-hunter-photography-summer-of-soul-181The 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!

khSince 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. 

4 Simple Ways to Live with Intention this Fall

TDFW13shootLondonWEBREZ73It’s that time of year again. When the world seems to speed up even faster. Things need to be planned. To be scheduled. To be added into your already busy life.

It’s when the children are heading back to school and holidays become memories. And the time of year when we start to worry about all the things that need to get done, rather then of all the things we want to enjoy.

But my goodness, they are some of the most beautiful months of the year.

As we move forward into a busy-making time of year, I just want to remind you of the true nature of this time of year. 

While everyone is running around adding in weekly meets, daily schedules, monthly events and everything in between, nature is reminding us that this is the time to let go.

Surrender, transformation and letting go are all qualities of the world around us during the Fall months. 

And isn’t it ironic that while we feel the need to control, build, add-to our lives – that nature around us is taking its time, eliminating the non-essentials, letting go of the need to grow, push and expand.

The leaves slowly start to change from green to gold. The garden reaches it’s most bountiful. The sun falls a little sooner leaving us cooler and more contemplative.

Just as the Summer draws us out into the heat to grow, achieve, do, push and strive – the Autumn season calls us back into receiving, allowing and surrender.

Even when we don’t feel like we have the time for it. 

We are reminded to slow down and dress with a little more mindfullness – warmth and comfort in mind.

We are blessed with the fresh vegetables as they come into the end of their growing cycle – nourishing us a little more deeply.

We are invited to reflect on all the things that we need to let go of in our lives – as we begin to restructure our daily lives.

Today I want to share with you a few things you can do to step into the next part of the year with grace and ease.

Especially in those moments when you feel like you need to do this or need to be there.

This week – choose to be on purpose with the things you add to and release from your life. 

It can be way too easy for us women to allow the world around us to dictate what we will do next, where we should go and how we should spend our time and energy.

But as always, we have a choice. And with that choice, we have the ability to offer the people around us the best version of ourselves.

Maybe taking some extra time out will make you a better partner. Maybe saying yes to yourself will make you a better friend. Maybe investing in yourself will make you a better person.

Maybe you matter more then you are willing to admit. And saying you will take care of your body next month, next year and next is very different then actually setting the intention to make the change. 

In this moment, choose to live with Intention this Fall and repeat after me…

“This week I will live with intention by choosing…

 The Way I Spend My Time – I will schedule in non-negotiable time early in the morning and just before bed to relax, nurture my body and take time for meditation and reflection. If this means getting up earlier or cutting back on television/internet time I will make the changes I need to in respect for myself.

The People I Surround myself with – I will get really clear on the people I choose to spend my time with and energy on. This includes both in person and online. If there is someone I’ve been missing, I will call them up and set a date to meet. If there is someone who is draining me, I will limit or eliminate the time I spend with them, lovingly and with kindness.

The Places I Spend My Time –  I will be mindful of where I spend my time and how it feels to be there. If my living room feels messy and disorganized, I will take time to tidy it up and change things around till it feels fresh and inviting. If I drive the same way to work, I will change it up and walk. If my bedroom is a mess of clothes, old magazines and things I no longer need – I set time aside to create a sanctuary.

The Things I Put in and on my Body – I will be aware of the things that I eat each day and how those foods make me feel and the energy that they give me – including the water I drink. Equally, I will be mindful of the products I put on my body, always asking myself- are they natural? do they make a difference? is there something less-toxic I can use instead?

Here’s the the thing, you may not feel like you have the time to join the gym, do a detox or make it to yoga every week.   You may not even be prepared to simply start meditating or moving your body each day.

But you will still have to move through your life with the energy, wisdom and clarity to make a difference in the lives of the people around you. 

Because you care about your family. You want to be a wonderful partner and friend. You have dreams you want to reach and goals you want to achieve.

…and because if you choose to put yourself last, it’s not only your mind, body and Spirit that will pay the price.

It’s the people who care about you. 

So for this week and the rest of the year, I invite you to live with intention. Especially in how you spend your time, who you surround yourself with, where you live/go and what you nourish your body with. And let each choice be loving, kind and intuitive. 

Because in the end, you are really the only one that knows what’s best for you. 
amber86Amber Chalus is a Free-Spirited Adventurer, Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Certified Yoga Teacher. She lives in the heart of Saskatchewan with her charming British husband and adorable rescue dog, Indi. You are invited to join her growing community of spirited women at her online sanctuary, AmberChalus.comHer mission is to help and inspire women to nurture their physical and spiritual health through yoga, holistic nutrition and radical self love. She believes that every woman deserves to feel connected to her body, radiate with confidence and live the life of her dreams – naturally! She is also the co-creator of the 30 Day Wildly Nourished Challenge at wildlyvibrant.ca