40 Days to Personal Revolution: Kickoff

I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit.
— Elizabeth Gilbert

The past 14 months have brought no shortage of change and transition to my life, and in the midst of all this change, I lost myself a little. I got so caught up in trying to balance work and social life that I forgot to focus on balancing myself. I knew it was time for a change, but I just couldn't find the right outlet. And then I found Up Yoga.

About a month after practicing at the studio, one of the teachers told us about the 40 Days program and encouraged us to sign up. I had no idea what it was; at the time, all I thought was, "40 days of anything sounds like a doozy." (Keep in mind this is even longer than the Whole30.)

Upon doing a little research and chatting with other yogis at Up, I decided to take the plunge. How could I not? I had started practicing at Up in search of myself, figuring yoga was a more productive use of my time than watching back-to-back episodes of That '70s Show. When I heard about 40 Days, it felt like the universe was trying to tell me something. It was time to take a leap of faith, step outside my comfort zone, and do something I'd never done before. Not only did I become a member of Up, I committed to the 40 Days to Personal Revolution program.

(I signed a contract and everything.)

CO: Up Yoga

CO: Up Yoga

CO: Up Yoga

CO: Up Yoga

The 40 Days to Personal Revolution program was designed by world-renowned yogi, Baron Baptiste, to help anyone—even those who've never done yoga before—find inner peace through the practices of yoga, meditation, mindful eating, and self-reflection.

Last night, I sat in a room surrounded by 41 other yogis, wondering what I was about to get myself into. But here's where it gets exciting.

I now have forty-two people holding me accountable to personal growth. I have forty-two people encouraging me to practice yoga on a daily basis, to quiet my mind, to pay attention to what I consume, and to help me build up my self-esteem.

I am still terrified. I've committed to practicing yoga six days a week. I've committed to meditate every day. I've committed to tracking what I eat and answering some deeply vulnerable questions. I've never done each of these on a daily basis before.

But I am also immensely excited. I'm excited to see what I learn about myself through this process. I'm excited to see the ways in which my body, mind, and soul grow and change. I'm excited to make yoga a more permanent part of my life.

And I'm more than excited to become friends with the people doing this along my side.

If you're reading this, you probably already know how important writing is to me. It's the only way I'm able to make sense of all the chaos often taking place in my mind. It's my way of processing, and it's my career. It's my livelihood. For these reasons, it should come as no surprise that I plan to blog about this experience on a weekly basis. Not only do I want this blog to help hold me accountable to the 40 Days program, I also hope to inspire at least one of you to give yoga, meditation, and self-reflection a shot. Stay tuned for weekly updates!

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