In the last few weeks, I’ve had a few wonderful comments from friends stating that I inspire them or have inspired them to make changes in their own life. Really? Me? How?

Inspiration is all in the eye of the beholder. Lets translate that… Everyone looks to something or someone for inspiration, or has been inspired by someone at one point or another. This could be a spiritual leader or advisor, a friend, a family member, an unknown person who’s story touched their heart, a piece of music. Really, it could be anything. Still when it comes down to it, we are all teachers, we have all inspired someone, whether we knew it or not. It is often our actions or our choices which have impacted someone greatly, as they may have wished they could do the same. In reality, they can. We always have choices, but sometimes it’s hard to break free of a situation which might be holding one back from taking that step into the unknown and doing something daring…trusting the whole way that you will be supported.

I have made many changes in my life within the last two years, and it was not because I was hoping to be an inspiration for others, but to lead an honest life. Have you ever been in a place in your life where you were unhappy, lost, void of any passion for career or enjoyment of life in general? I was at that place a few years ago, and struggling because I knew I was not following my hearts desire to focus on yoga and healing. I had in essence, ‘turned myself off’, trying to suppress who I really was. Working in the corporate field, it just wasn’t understood why I was taking off on Reiki retreats, going to yoga classes and attempting to put my own health first. I found it easier to put all my aspirations for a different kind of life aside. However, you can only suppress desires for so long…and finally they become too strong and you end up quitting your career, travelling for 8 months through UK, India, Spain and Mexico; jumping head first into a yoga teacher training program; and enrolling in school for Holistic Nutrition. Am I where I want to be? Not yet, but I FINALLY feel like I am on the right path and enjoying the process!!

My friend Ashley recently shared a beautiful quote which relates to this idea…

"When your life is falling apart, there’s always the impulse to hold on: to him, to her, to it; to the way it was, to how you wanted it to be, to how you want it now. But in order to get through a crisis, you will have to let go of whatever is standing in your way or causing the problem…whatever isn’t serving you, what you no longer need…" ~Daphne Rose Kingma

This quote is so true in so many ways. Another tidbit of honesty…it is scary leaving everything behind! I had to let go of a career, a regular paycheck, an identity related to my career that told me that ‘I am something’ and I had made something of myself. If I didn’t have this job and this lifestyle, then who was I? I knew it was no longer serving me (in fact my transition out of my career and into the unknown may be part of the reason I landed in the hospital having a ruptured appendix!?) We so often have the need to label ourselves as Designer, Student, Lawyer, Mother, Christian, Buddhist etc. but I believe that many of us would struggle to define ourselves without those general labels. Perhaps its human nature to have the desire to fit into a specific social mould, to belong to something greater than ourselves as individuals.

Can’t we just be? Do you put similar labels on yourself to describe who you are, or categorize yourself?

I realize I am getting a bit away from the idea of inspiration. I suppose I am trying to say that although ones life may be inspiring to another, its not always an easy path. There are challenges, struggles and doubts along the way. It is perhaps how one deals with those challenges is what is admirable. I have many friends, family members and acquaintances who inspire me daily! I think it is most important to acknowledge and be grateful for those people in your life that inspire you, whether they know it or not.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the inspiration along the way. I couldn’t have made it this far if it wasn’t for inspiration and little bit of guts!