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Reflecting on 2021 – Kayla within the Metropolis

It’s time for my yearly finish of the yr wrap-up submit.

I’ve all the time liked studying different folks’s wrap up posts (or podcasts). I discover it fascinating to get a peek into somebody’s life and it additionally helps me replicate. It sparks my very own reminiscences and realizations.

I hope the beneath will be that for you, too.

2021 in Overview

I went into 2021 with very low expectations, as I’m certain was the case for many people. Initially of the yr it felt like I used to be so so so far-off from getting vaccinated. Till then, all I may do was just about hunker down at residence and wait. I continued to show my very own yoga lessons on Zoom and work with social media shoppers within the meantime.

By mid-Could I used to be totally vaccinated. June 1, I formally moved into my new condo (!) and went again to educating yoga and health lessons in studio after over a yr away. Shortly after I additionally launched my very own social media teaching enterprise.

Life began to look a bit extra just like the “earlier than” occasions. After a yr of doing little or no I used to be doing ALL the issues and educating ALL the lessons and seeing ALL the folks.

And I used to be exhausted. Going again to educating yoga and barre in studio was more durable and extra exhausting than I anticipated. I additionally needed to do different work in between lessons for social media shoppers as I used to be getting paid much less per class as an teacher than pre-pandemic.

I knew one thing needed to change.

Earlier this month I left the yoga studio I had been educating at since 2018. I spent plenty of time going forwards and backwards on this alternative, however in the long run it felt like the proper name for me at the moment.

And now? I’m determining what comes subsequent. I undoubtedly didn’t assume at age 31 I’d be again to asking myself what I wish to be once I develop up… however hey I additionally didn’t image a pandemic coming alongside and altering every little thing.


Wanting Again at My Intentions for 2021:

My phrase of 2021 was JOY. I bear in mind about halfway via the yr I couldn’t for the lifetime of me bear in mind what my focus phrase was this yr. And rightfully so, I used to be not feeling an abundance of pleasure.

There have been undoubtedly the highs and lows of this yr, however I’ll say this about main with pleasure. At any time when I adopted the enjoyment it’s once I felt probably the most in alignment. It’s when my work felt probably the most authentically “Kayla”.

I bear in mind having the concept to study the choreography to one in all my favourite musical theater songs, Turkey Lurkey Time, as a part of a Reel about food regimen tradition within the health business throughout Thanksgiving. The thought felt a bit ridiculous, however oh my god did I’ve SO a lot enjoyable messing round and recording that reel.

In my coronary heart I didn’t care if the Reel did “good” or “unhealthy” as a result of I had enjoyable making it and it was a message I stood behind. In fact this is only one instance, however I discovered that to be true throughout the board. Anytime I led with pleasure, it launched me from the stress of getting a sure end result. As an alternative I may simply deal with having enjoyable within the course of and doing issues that I personally love.

Going ahead I wish to proceed to permit JOY to be my barometer. Marie Kondo was onto one thing when she instructed us to ask ourselves “Does this spark pleasure?!”


What I Realized in 2021

Imagine in your self as a lot as others consider in you. Why do different folks consider in us SO SO a lot, however we battle to consider in ourselves? In 2022 I wish to be my very own greatest hype lady, believing in my information and talent.

OWN YOUR WORTH. I totally stand by my very own costs as a content material creator, social media coach, and yoga instructor. If another person doesn’t see that worth, it’s not on me to decrease my worth for them.

You’re allowed to vary your thoughts. I spotted this yr that educating yoga + health full-time not made sense for me. I felt plenty of disgrace surrounding this — ugh is everybody going to guage me? And hey, perhaps individuals are. I’m now 31 years outdated and I need various things from my life than I did even in my late 20’s. I’m allowed to vary my thoughts… and need a job with well being advantages and paid time without work if I’m being frank. 

Investing in your self is cash effectively spent. This yr I began working with a enterprise coach and attending networking occasions. Spending this type of cash on myself felt actually frivolous, and I’m additionally conscious that it’s a privilege to have the ability to accomplish that, nevertheless it’s additionally been cash effectively spent. It’s related me with so many different unimaginable lady, and thru teaching I realized lots about myself and what I need going ahead.

Transferring is emotional. I moved for the primary time in over a decade. I’m so so grateful for my new residence and completely find it irresistible. But it surely nonetheless felt actually emotional and like I used to be leaving a outdated model of myself behind in my outdated condo.

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You may make the proper resolution and nonetheless be unhappy. Stepping away from educating yoga in studio was undoubtedly the proper name. However I additionally will perpetually miss it as I really like educating yoga.

The important thing to wellness is definitely actually easy. I’ve been considering lots about wellness seeing as I used to name myself a wellness blogger. For me wellness is definitely actually easy. It’s transferring my physique in a method that feels good to me. Getting sufficient sleep. Spending time with folks I really like. And doing issues that replenish my very own cup. The acupuncture, dietary supplements, and loopy fad exercises are nice and all. However the important thing to wellness is a lot less complicated than that.

Simply. Be. Kayla. You can be happiest and your work might be at its greatest when it’s authentically you. Even when that’s not cool, hip, or fashionable.

My Largest Struggles of 2020

I struggled with exhaustion. Going again to educating kicked my ass in a method I wasn’t anticipating. It was a wake-up name that one thing has to vary.

I struggled with listening to my intestine. As a yoga instructor I discuss lots about listening to your intestine/instinct. I believe as a society we have a tendency ignore these cues. Once I began realizing I wanted to make an enormous change in my schedule I *actually* struggled to show inward. I simply wished somebody to inform me what to do, regardless that that’s not how life works.

I struggled to have enjoyable. It’s not like I’ve NO enjoyable. However I undoubtedly discovered myself so targeted on work, or so drained from work, that it didn’t depart plenty of room for enjoyable, particularly when issues felt a bit safer earlier this yr.

I struggled to have pursuits exterior of labor. Oh it is a biggie. I’ve come to the belief that I’ve VERY few hobbies that aren’t monetized. Studying? I discuss it on the weblog. Figuring out? A part of my job. Seeing theater? What I majored in in faculty. AHHHH. I’m actually hoping to select up some hobbies that I’m not making an attempt to monetize in 2022.

I struggled with loneliness. This definitely isn’t a brand new one, loneliness is a recurring theme for me over time. I’m engaged on being extra proactive about planning AND additionally not ready for another person to do issues that I wish to do. A dream of mine is to take a solo seashore trip in 2022 as a substitute of ready for somebody to plan one with me.


Issues I’m Happy with in 2021

I survived?! Half joking, but in addition whew it’s been a difficult few years for nearly everybody.

I’m happy with launching my very own social media teaching enterprise. It’s one thing I’ve wished to do for YEARS and I lastly did it. I do discover myself eager to shrug it off prefer it’s no huge deal, nevertheless it IS! I launched a brand new enterprise and folks paid me to work with them. It’s fairly rattling superior.

I’m happy with the friendships that I’ve deepened. Making pals as an grownup is… difficult. And sustaining pals as an grownup is sophisticated. Whereas there are occasions I’ve felt like a shitty good friend this yr, I’m additionally happy with the friendships that I’ve deepened and which were an enormous a part of my life this yr.

I’m happy with myself for listening to my intestine. Even when it felt onerous and I used to be struggling to cancel out the skin noise.


Wanting Ahead

Penning this weblog submit even two weeks in the past I’d perhaps really feel totally different concerning the new yr. However proper now it seems like there are much more unknowns about what 2022 will truly appear to be with omicron on the rise.

Whereas issues really feel a bit ominous with omicron, I’m additionally feeling surprisingly hopeful. Hopeful that a number of the seeds I planted this yr, and actually over the previous few years, will actually bloom within the new yr. This hope and perception that I’m on to one thing and simply must preserve following that path.

So, within the phrases of Taylor Swift: I don’t find out about you, however I’m feeling ’22.



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