There’s a yoga poster on the wall in my bedroom, left behind by it’s last tenant. I never bothered to take it down or even look at it until very recently. I moved into this apartment at the beginning of July, and I didn’t want to make it mine in any way. Partly because it’s a sublet, which by definition is not mine. But then on a deeper level, I wanted to believe this was all temporary. That’s what I had to believe. When I moved in four months ago, without a job or a clue where to go next, I was sure one thing only: I didn’t like where I was. Theoretically I knew I wouldn’t be jobless forever, but at that point it was difficult to see the theoretical.
Now it’s November and I am somewhere else, though I sit and sleep in the same sublet. As funny as it is to say, I think I’ve changed a lot since living here. Maybe even grown.
My circumstances sure have. I hustled my way through the summer and early fall by writing freelance copy, tutoring for Kaplan, and checking my horoscope. And in mid-October, on the day of a new moon in my second house of resources, I signed a job contract in advertising—my ideal industry!, at least for now. I plan on continuing to grow and change, so we will see! Anyway, Ireally like my new job—after having a day off, I get excited to go to work like a nerdy high school kid who likes homework and can’t wait for classes to resume.
The whole job thing still feels unreal. I set a goal, and made something happen for myself! But I could only do so after letting go of expectations for the present and future. Instead, you have to live in the present and make the most of it, letting it lead you to the right future. I’m still not sure what that looks like for me. But I know it will be right because it’ll be of my own making.
The sign of Taurus is represented by a bull. We’ll get to Chicago in a bit!
The sign of Taurus is the second house of income and self-worth. The conjunction of the two is an important thing to note, especially for anyone trying to build or make a fresh start—after college or otherwise. The lesson is this: you can only accrue value in the world once you start seeing it in yourself. So use the full moon in Taurus to invest in yourself this weekend—and that doesn’t have to mean spending money. Create something. Live well. Take a step toward actualizing your biggest, most secret dream.
The Free-Trial Challenge
I’m an overachiever, and a zealous fan of my own words. So I’m aiming to do all three of those things! For the next thirty days, I am committing to a free-trial challenge. The rules are simple: I put my card down for a subscription service with—a free-trial—and milk it for all of the complimentary days. At the end of the month, if you’re not using–you’re losing! Just kidding. I’ve already set a reminder on my phone to cancel the subscription, so there’s no risk. But risk isn’t the point of this challenge. I’d like to see it as an exercise in making the most of the days you get in life. You only get one life, and one free trial for [insert your next challenge here].
So, what’s on deck for this month? Nama-stay and I’ll tell you! Yoga has been on my to-do list for a long while now—at first because my toes were distant and my knees non-compliant, But these days I am drawn to the emphasis on mindfulness and self-paced progress. For the past couple weeks, I’ve been going to classes at Yoga to the People. While it was a really good preview of the sport and a NOICE! arm workout, I couldn’t vibe with it in the long run. Firstly, the commute. I don’t believe in commuting to exercise. I believe in working out to destress, which means it should fit into your life conveniently and painlessly. Those words are far from the first I’d use to describe the MTA.
Furthermore, the nearest YTTP to my apartment is in Williamsburg. Traveling to a different neighborhood made me feel like I had make an effort to become part of yoga instead of letting it become part of me.
To do something well is to make it your own.
Those last few sentences sounded super zen, so I feel like I’m off to a good start! This morning, I signed up for a 30-day trial of Yoga Green Book, a video platform and online community centered on black health and wellness. Created by Carla Christine, a Chicago-based yoga teacher, YGB offers online yoga lessons taught by black yoga teachers for black practitioners. I’m almost certain that’s not the right word. I’m still in the early research phases of yoga. Hopefully by the end of the month I’ll have a good shot at the midterm!
Yikes. Even writing that sentence facetiously gave my soul a cramp. Shout out to people still in school—I promise there’s something better for you on the other side of your last semester. You can and will get through it!
Anyway, my month-long yoga challenge has a mirror self. The exercise and meditation are for my inner well-being, which is important. But living outwardly is always going to be part of the deal. They depend on each other. Balance is key. Therefore I would like to commit, on this somewhat public forum, to reflecting after yoga each day and writing posts about the different sessions.
Yoga Green Book has dozens of videos to choose from, each with a different physical or mental focus. For this morning I have chosen a video titled ‘Illuminating Your Path.’ Already a good example of how I’m adopting yoga to fit into my life, considering the theme of my blog. Also I’m a fire sign, and we don’t believe in ‘beginner’s courses.’ We figure stuff out on the go. 🔥🤷🏿♀️😈
However, if you are a Capricorn, Yoga Green Book does offer a completely free 21-day beginner yoga challenge. You don’t have to put down a card number—just your email address to subscribe to the online community.
For every 3-4 yoga videos, I’ll post a reflection on the moves and their impact. My plan is to perform a different video each day, but I’m learning to be more flexible. No pun intended!
(That’s a lie. I hate when people say that. I said it to make a point: puns are always intended. Even if you didn’t initially plan to make a play on words, you actualize your intent by drawing attention to the pun with ‘no pun intended.’ It doesn’t make sense! #HowToPissOffAWordNerd)
I’m looking forward to seeing what today will teach me, and to sharing it with you! You can read more about Yoga Green Book here. Comment below to let me know if you decide to start your own Free Trial Challenge! It doesn’t have to be yoga. In fact, it SHOULD be whatever you need in your life or want to try at the moment. Make it your own!