The only problem with leaving and going someplace else is that you take yourself with you. You take your vibrational habits and patterns with you. —Abraham
This quote couldn’t have come at a better time. When we first moved to Menominee, MI I found myself in a deep funk. We had been living in a gorgeous neighborhood near downtown St Paul with coffee shops, food cooperatives, shopping centers and friends and family all within a stone’s throw. And I found myself in Menominee, MI, where everything shuts down by 3 PM on a Saturday, not including the many, many bars.
You know as well as I do, that when we’re in a despairing place, there are just 2 choices:
- give in, feel victimized by your surroundings and the time and place in your life, wallow in negativity and know you’re in the right
- beat it, make the best of the situation, find your joy anyway, and trust that joy will follow you
I had already done number 1 when we lived in Carbondale, IL and I know how that choice works: life does NOT get better or change or become more thrilling or, or, or. In fact, as I wallowed in my negativity about my job and the unhealthy people I worked with, my life seemed to feel worse day-by-day. I was right, the job was dumb, the people were unhealthy… but being right didn’t make me feel better. It didn’t inspire change or growth in my life or anyone else’s life. And my minute-to-minute mindset was something like, I hope that place blows up.
Yup. That was the result of wallowing and feeling victimized and allowing feelings of negativity to sit in my life. Those were my actual thoughts as I left my place of work for lunch some days.
So when I moved to Menominee, MI, by far the most challenging place I’ve lived in to date, I knew I didn’t want to try #1 again, and instead checked out #2. I vowed I wouldn’t do anything unless it inspired me, encouraged me to growth or made me spark inside.
And here I am 3.5 years later: I’m a yoga teacher, a studio owner, a wellness coach. The people I’m surrounded by are on the path to being healthy inside and out, and in their struggles and in their defeats and in their victories they inspire me! I love seeing a student’s dedication to their practice especially when I can tell it’s hard work to just show up.
I’ve created a space where people come to heal and to learn how to heal. I’ve assisted clients in losing weight, releasing chronic physical pain and inspired people to greatness in their own life. Creating healthy bodies and healthy minds.
Inspiring and uplifting and encouraging and empowering… those are the things I’ve been called to do.
From my despair something beautiful emerged: a wonderful, amazing life. My town hasn’t change much in the last 3.5 years, the weather is actually worse somedays than I remember it, the amount of bars still outnumber coffee shops, art museums, yoga studios, and food cooperatives at least 50 to 1… but it’s my attitude, my thoughts, my vibrational habits and patterns that have changed.
And you can have this same transformation in your life. I know it.