Falling Forward With A Twist Of A Smile


The fall season is truly my favourite season for many reasons, but I find it always offers a little extra incentive to check in and adjust my routine accordingly. I take some time to sit with my goals for the year, I recognize my accomplishments so far, then I decide what’s next so I can finish the year strong. There is still a lot of year left so before you dive back into the fall routine, I highly suggest you create your movement plan, then create the action plan for your goals. 

It does not matter what my goals are focused on, I make movement a priority. I am never excited at 6:00am to hop into that office, but sometimes bright and early is the only option I have for the day, so I do it anyways. Please believe me when I tell you that this is the most important appointment of your day for SO many reasons, I would need a book to unpack that one fully but daily movement benefits your physical health, your mental wellbeing, and you start to interrupt this patterned belief that you can’t take one hour a day to take care of yourself. I want you to really think about that for just a moment, how much of your day do you spend caring for others? Now do you truly believe that out of the 1,440 minutes in a day, that you are not worth at least 30 of those minutes?

We make certain that our phones are charged but yet can’t make the time to recharge ourselves? Consider how much time you spend in the morning looking good, are you sure you can’t create a bit of space to do something that makes you feel good? Every time you skip your workout you are cancelling on yourself, you are prioritizing something else above your own health, you are slowly reaffirming this belief that there are just not enough hours in the day to get to your own care, and over time it truly downgrades your own self-worth. 

If you are going to pursue your goals, then you have to feel good going into it. If you don’t, those patterned behaviours will start to kick in as the inevitable uncertainty pours on, and if you don’t pay attention, you will hold yourself back and then just like that it will be 2020. Every time you step onto your mat, you have the opportunity to start recognizing the patterns that show up and when we really listen, we notice just how hard we are on ourselves. In balancing postures, we always hold ourselves back because we don’t want to fall, especially in front of a whole class, right? Here’s the thing, no one is judging you in the first place, but the more important question is how can you expect to progress in the pose without falling once in a while? You can’t! So instead of setting yourself up for failure, fully accept that falling is necessary if you are going to grow into something more than you already are, then take it one huge step further and a smile to it. Simple, but so effective in starting to support a more nurturing response so that you can be easy on yourself when you fall, learn the lessons and then move on. 

Whatever you choose to pursue this fall, I really want you to succeed so please take my advice and try to pull away from this engrained way of being which is just so critical and even harsh at times. Instead start empowering your vision by focusing on all you are, and just keep dissolving all that you are not, and whatever you do, keep moving my friends because you are so worth it and deserve to feel your best! 



Meg Stevenson