Bali or bail

The transitions out of LA, out of a job I’ve learned so much in, and out of the comforts of our cozy home opened a door of uncertainty, excitement, and sometimes fear. Nevertheless, I dove in fully with faith that things would fall into the places they were meant to be in.

With my position in LA finishing up and my future wide open, I have been thinking long and hard about what I want that future to be. I think downward dog has a part in it somehow… First stop was the group interview at lululemon last month! Part of the group interview encouraged everyone to set 10, 5, and 1 year personal, professional, and health goals (the worksheet can also be found on their website… hint, hint… Try it out! It’s life changing!). Thanks to this exercise, I was on my way to figuring out what I wanted my future life to look like. Or at least it allowed me to get started on designing the idea of that future.

In filling out the goal setting worksheet I asked myself what I love in life. What I’m passionate about. What I would do if I knew I couldn’t fail (another incredible credit to the lululemon site’s blog). This is a big question, one that we should all ask ourselves more often. What would you do with your life if failing wasn’t an option? Check out the goal coach blog post where I first read this intriguing question here.

I would do more with yoga. I mean, I already practice it, I love it, it makes me feel good, keeps me centered, helps me keep in shape, lowers my anxiety and stress levels, heals my back injury, and so much more. It is the one thing that I do just for me. A practice centered around improving my life both on and off the mat. That’s why I was at the lululemon interview in the first place, wasn’t it? I want to have better life balance, I want to blend a healthy lifestyle into what I do for a living, and not just incorporate it as a side passion when I have time.

After my group interview, I was invited back for a yoga class with some team members from the store. After that, I was asked to come in for a one-on-one interview with the store manager. That interview was just a couple of days ago and… it went as best it could have gone. I was offered a job as a Key Leader! The friendly and ambitious disposition of everyone at the company is a great start to my new career (hoping to build strong friendships like the ones I had the pleasure of knowing at USC)! The decision to take the job was easy… working for the young and unique company has always been appealing to me, and now it is a reality! Nevertheless, the dramatic change in direction as a career is as nerve-wracking as it is exciting. I can’t help but think of all the time I spent dedicated to public health, of my student loan debt from graduate school, and of other prospective global health opportunities I am putting on hold to join an entirely different culture and industry.

The move from LA to Melbourne has become so much more than a world adventure. Being here has allowed me space to question how and why things don’t have to remain the same in life. We create our own change. We drive our own decisions and actions. Fear of the unknown, failure, judgment stands in the way of some on the incredible pleasures life has to offer. Fear is sometimes there to protect us from danger, but mostly it just holds us back. Removing fear from the equation opens us up to endless possibilities… Possibilities of creating what you want in your life, and letting go of things that aren’t serving you. For me, in this time, it is a new career through yoga.

With this in mind and a lululemon job in the bag (yay!!!) I keep thinking about how to take this to the next level. I’ve been considering various yoga teacher training programs and have narrowed it down to three schools. Two are in Melbourne and I would take the course over a 10-12 month period, the third is a 5-week intensive YogaWorks teacher training program in Bali. I know what you’re thinking… 5 weeks in Bali! Sounds very Eat, Pray, Love of me! And mostly just sounds like an incredible experience, but this is about more than a trip to paradise. It is about diving deeply into a practice that has helped me immensely over the years, rediscovering who I am and who I want to be (at the risk of sounding like a quarter-life crisis). If I choose the Bali program, I’m choosing what appears to be the most challenging and most intense program of the three. Intense challenges usually prove to be the most rewarding as well. But I have to ask myself if I’m ready for this step, if I’m ready to discover, and if I’m ready to be gone for 5 weeks to take on this challenge.

In these questions lies an incredible truth… I actually think that it’s Bali or bail. If I’m not ready to dive that deeply then I should question my intentions of pursuing any type of training program. If I let go of the fear, then bailing on my dream is not an option.

I can’t wait for it to unfold!

This picture was taken in January 2012 at Big Bear Lake, CA. Standing in tree just feels right! Love that Gouda made a cameo in her argyle!

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6 thoughts on “Bali or bail

    • Thanks Loittie! I’ve been to Bali for a short work trip before and am definitely looking forward to experiencing all that it has to offer on a deeper level this time!

    • Hi Andrea. Would love to meet up when you arrive. Let me know when you are available once you’re settled. Melbourne is a great city! You’re in for a treat!

      • Hi Ivette, I’m settled in Melbourne now and would love to meet up if you still fancy it! I couldn’t find your email address on your blog, but you can reach me at Andrea.leber@gmail.com (I don’t have a phone number yet, one of the things on my to do list!).
        Would love to hear from you, Andrea 🙂

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