Last month I told y’all that I was going to hop on Yoga Girl Rachel Brathen’s 30 day yoga challenge over on instagram. And I’m going to tell you guys that I thought this challenge would be super easy. Yoga is something that I adore, something I love. So doing it for 30 days in a row seemed like no problem.
Except it was. This challenge was a lot harder than I thought it would be. And it wasn’t even the doing yoga part that was hard. In fact, that was the easiest part.
Today…I did a thing. I typically follow yoga videos for my yoga workouts but today, I created my own. And it was amazing. Do the things you love friends. Follow your dreams. It’s not easy. But nothing worth having ever is. Day 26 of @yoga_girl #yogagirlchallenge * * * * * #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogapants #yogachallenge #yogapose #igyoga #yogadaily #yogajourney #yogamom #workout #fitmom #fitfam #fitlife #followyourdreams #selfcare #yogapractice #namaslay #namaste #dreambig #mom #momblogger #momlife #workoutmotivation #getitdone #grind #hustle #letsdothis #yogaflow #tuesdaymotivation
One of the aspects of this challenge was posting yoga pictures to instagram daily. This forced me way outside my comfort zone. I’m not one to sit there and take pictures of myself. In fact, I loathe pictures. I analyze myself in every one and pick out all my imperfections. Posting my yoga pictures everyday meant judgement from random strangers, people I have never met. It meant allowing people to see a side of me I rarely show. It meant criticism and I honestly didn’t know if I was ready for any of that.
But I did it. I think I missed 2 days of posting but it is what it is. The thing is…I followed through with the program, and posted my pictures. And something happened that I never expected.
Crow pose. The first arm balance I learned. I remember thinking no way I could do it. Believe in yourself. Keep trying. One day it all falls into place. Day 11 of @yoga_girl #yogagirlchallenge * * * * * * #yoga #yogachallenge #yogaeverydamnday #yogapose #igyoga #yogainspiration #yogadaily #yogajourney #namaste #namaslay #crowpose #workout #workoutmotivation #fitness #fitlife #fitmom #fitfam #mondaymotivation #mood #vibes #nevergiveup #healthylifestyle #liveauthentic #happiness #boss #yogamom #yogagram #blogger
I stopped caring what other people were thinking.
I no longer cared about what people thought of my pictures. Didn’t care if they were good enough or perfect enough because the challenge, the posting of pictures, wasn’t about anyone else. It was about me. I did this challenge for me.
And because of that, this challenge taught me more about myself. It helped me to see that maybe I don’t have to be perfect in all things, taught me that I am far from perfect and helped me to be ok with that. It taught me to hell with what people think on social media. I’m going to write what I write, post what I post, and live how I live because this life is for me…not for them, not for anyone else.
By pushing myself out of my comfort zone, by being completely vulnerable, I learned that I am perfectly imperfect. Life is about embracing those imperfections instead of believing that we have to be perfect. Let’s break free from perfectionism, break free from thinking we have to show social media a side of us that we’re not. Embrace yourselves, love yourselves, and push yourselves out of your comfort zone. You may just surprise yourself with what you learn.