Well, I’m trying something new here and I’m eager to hear what you think. The experiment starts with a story about what sparked the 18000km solo road trip with a mission, but first, a little context and a lot of honesty….
If you’ve been following Worthy and Well for some time now, you’ll know that typically I post a weekly video blog and if you’re on my email list, you get a nice little newsletter to your inbox each week too. You’ll also know that I took a little bit of a break from video blogging this summer to go on a cross-Canada road trip. I spent 10-weeks on the road stopping in major cities to teach Yoga for Mindful Eating and Living – The Workshop in order to raise awareness about the negative influences of diet culture and empower individuals to eat mindfully, love their bodies, and live consciously.
The trip was pure magic.
The scenery was stunning….
…and the connections were meaningful.
Not only did I share an important message with hundreds of individuals across the country and truly get to connect with others, but I also got to connect with myself in my brightest light and transform in the process.
And I fell in love on the other side of this giant country.
Yes, with a human. Some people warned me that might happen.
But we won’t get into that right now.
What you may not know and what not many people talk about with experiences like this, is that re-integrating back into “regular” life in your “regular” environment is HARD. I thought I might come up against some challenges, but I had no idea to what extent.
When I got back at the end of August, it was almost like a huge sense of loss washed over me; even though I thought I was ready to be home. I’d just had weeks of peak experiences that felt like they suddenly came to an end upon my arrival back to Calgary.
I tried to get back to my ‘regular’ routine.
When it came to work, that meant setting business intentions, posting to social media regularly, seeing clients, developing courses, regular video blogging, and all the other things good online business owners “should” do. I have managed to put my heart into supporting the wonderful folks in Yoga for Mindful Eating and Living – The Course and Yoga for Nutrition Professionals, but something about how I was trying to go about all the rest just didn’t feel right. It made me feel stuck.
I tried to make a video, but couldn’t bring myself to share another set of “Top 3 Mindful Eating Tips…” without feeling inauthentic. And so I didn’t. I just avoided it all and sat with the tension around not being able to produce content in the same way I had before. And I felt like I was letting you down by just being silent. My own self-compassion practice was put to the test.
I have been resisting this desire deep inside me to just spend a little more time processing the trip. I have been catching myself wanting to relive parts of it, talk about it, write about it, journal about the ups and downs, comb through the lessons and learnings, speak about the incredible trust and flow I got to experience, and the ways in which I was triggered into old undesirable ways of being. I have been wanting to give voice to the stories and incredible nuggets of wisdom from other people on the journey too. In my mind, all the stuff that matters. The deep stuff. The real stuff. Some related to diet culture and mindful eating, some not.
I’m done resisting.
Now, that doesn’t mean I’m going to share with you every single thing I did or learned (you’ll have to wait for my book to come out for that – #kiddingnotkidding); but it does mean I’d like to share some of the experiences that you might find interesting, helpful, or inspiring (even if they are not totally related to diet culture, mindful eating, or body positivity).
And today I’d like to start with a video where I share the truth about what sparked the idea for the Worthy and Well Cross-Canada Road Trip and why I put 18,000km on my vehicle in the first place.
Welcome to the Worthy and Well Road Trip Storytelling Series
Here we go.
Learn what sparked the 18000km solo road trip
Are you from Calgary or Edmonton and a little bummed you missed out on a Yoga for Mindful Eating and Living LIVE workshop?
Not to worry, I’ll be hosting a 4-part series in each of these cities, which includes an adapted version of The Workshop that was toured across the country – that’s Part 1.
Save the dates:
- Calgary: October 14 and 15, 2017
- Edmonton: October 20 and 21, 2017
I’ll be announcing registration details shortly and I hope you can join. These workshops will help you dig deeper into yourself to understand and heal your relationship with food, your body, and your Self.