One year on

Kathy Krugerchange, contentment, find your flow, yoga17 Comments

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It’s been a year since I started teaching yoga. A year since I discovered what it is like to teach and started learning from my students. A year of discovering how much I still have to learn.

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It’s been one, two, three, four, five years since we adopted our Little Yang. Five years that have flown fast. Five years worth of joy and five years that have challenged me as a mother as I’ve discovered how much I still have to learn.

It’s been this last year, as Little Yang has started Prep that I’ve realized how much he is still my baby and how much I want to protect him, especially from his learning delays.

It’s been a year since Miss Yin’s annual dance concert, which is on again this weekend and is always a big occasion (last year she won the ballet award, the year prior the most promising junior award). A year of seeing her blossom as a dancer and accepted into a dance excellence program for high school (hold me) next year.

It’s been a year of her developing the attitude to go with her hip hop and me discovering that when it comes to parenting a soon-to-be-teenager I still have lots to learn.

It’s been a year since I finished Ocsober and felt rather smug that I was on the path to healthy habits. A year during which I’ve fallen off the healthy wagon, got back on it in a big way for a while, and fallen off again. A year in which I’ve discovered that while I’m getting better at being kinder to myself, I still have much to learn.

It’s been a year of blogging highs and lows – 12 months of writing a regular article for the global Do You Yoga blog and a year of feeling mostly like a failure (because I haven’t tried) when it comes to my own blog and other writing.

It’s been a year since Halloween (and the Christian days of All Saints and All Souls) when maybe we think about death (and life) or maybe we just ponder the horror of the kid’s sugar hit.

It’s been a year since we’ve been here, at the start of November, on Melbourne Cup day, and once the race is run and won, finding ourselves staring down Christmas once more and wondering, in the midst of the busyness, where another year has disappeared to. Wondering why we still have so much to learn.

Before it gets to the end of the year, take a pause. Allow yourself to breathe. There’s two months left of the year (almost) – what do you want to make of it? What have you already made of the year so far?

I think I’ve found at least part of my calling in teaching yoga – it has taken me to Cloud Ten and the journey continues.

Just because we have lots to learn doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate our successes. Just because we enjoy success doesn’t mean we should ever stop learning.

Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT. Will you pause to reflect before the year rushes away? What will you be reflecting on?

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17 Comments on “One year on”

  1. Min (@riteofthemiddle)

    Your children are so beautiful Kathy. They both have gorgeous shiny happy smiling faces! You’ve had a lot happen over the last 5+ years! I have gotten on the healthy wagon, fallen off, got back on, fallen off etc too. I also beat myself up too much feeling like a failure with my blog. I’m just not sure which way I’m going with it lately. I’m glad that you have found your calling in teaching yoga – that is a wonderful, wonderful thing! Lastly, I love learning and I believe that I will be learning right up to my last breath. Have a great week! :-) xo

  2. hugzillablog

    I’ve already been reflecting on how bloody fast it’s gone! This was a big milestone year for our family – my eldest started school and we bought a new house. I can’t believe that my son is almost in Year One now – not long to go before the school year ends. Can we slow it down please? I feel dizzy.

    1. Kathy Kruger

      It is crazy isn’t it Melissa. The school year actually makes the calendar year go faster I reckon. Especially once you hit this timeof year and the older kids get, the faster it goes.

  3. EssentiallyJess

    I need to pause. I will pause. But not just yet. Everything is too much just now. Maybe in a month, I can stop and think. At the moment everything is clouded by the last two weeks, and the rest of the year is a haze.

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Jess – you just need to work time the way you need to. Time takes on a different dimension and I hope it is not too long before the cloud and haze start to lift for you. X

    1. Kathy Kruger

      I do love teaching – the challenge for me is working it in with what I need to do for work and what else I want to do (yoga teachers don’t get paid much)! We will see what the next year of teaching holds.

  4. mummywifeme

    What a year, Kathy! So many amazing memories for you to hold onto. I can’t believe you’ve been teaching yoga for a year! That’s amazing. I hope all goes well with the dancing concert this weekend. I love seeing the pictures of Miss Yin dancing. She’s such a superstar x

  5. nicolethebuilderswife

    I love that you are finding your calling, it’s not an easy thing to find.I would like to take some time to pause before another year runs out, so that’s exactly what i’m going to do each day from now on. Thank you for the reminder xx

  6. Vanessa

    This year has had a lot of highs and lows and normals so I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I know I’m on a good path, but I do think I need to tweak some stuff before it improves to a level I would prefer.

  7. Emily

    Thank you – I NEED this reflection time. Halloween overwhelmed me and I really wasn’t expecting it to. Every house we visited while trick or treating contained an exclaiming neighbour. “Your children! They’re so big! The little one was in a pram last year! THEY’RE GROWING SO FAST!” And they are! GAH. I feel similarly about my blog and writing. Just have to keep plugging away in what time (and bursts of motivation) I find. x #teamIBOT

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