Getting "Blissed Out"
Time is flying and I can’t believe 2018 is almost coming to a close. I know I know it feels crazy to think about that but rather than let the remaining 3 weeks pass in a whirlwind of holiday/end of year wilds, I am trying to settle into a space of deep reflection and review of this past year (also I can’t believe it has been this long since I have written a blog post on my site, dang!)
So much has happened this year both personally and professionally, and while there has been some major areas of growth, but to be honest a lot of this year has felt like I have been in the trenches, working hard and getting deep into my practices to navigate through it all.
However, digging in and doing the work needed to stay aligned with my intentions, thoughtful in my work, honest in my communication, more loving to myself and those around me, has yes, been hella challenging at times but also, beautifully rewarding. One area that I am really proud of professionally is my first endeavor of co-creating a business with my friend Mija Speakman. We named our coaching business Trini Tribe, which trini in Sanskrit (ancient language used in yogic teachings) means three, and we wanted to focus our coaching on 3 elements: movement, mindfulness, and spirited self-development.
But holy smokes creating an online business and program is no joke and definitely not for the faint of heart, but I was fortunate enough to collaborate with someone who is patient, kind, encouraging, and willing to have really open communication, which to stay sane while you’re creating a business with someone is key.
While reflecting on this year I’ve realized that while I have been working on deepening my communication in my business partnership that the effort of better communication has successfully seeped in other relationships such as with my boyfriend, family, close friendships, and even in the way I communicate about the work I do in the world. For a long time, it has felt difficult to describe what I do because I am very multi-passionate and work in several different ways but mostly all under the umbrella of wellness.
Recently my communication was put to the test when I was asked by two lovely friends of mine, Kari Bollman and Annie Hyberger, to be on their amazing new podcast called “Blissed Out”. I immediately said yes and was really excited get a chance to talk about all the fun work avenues I have been exploring.
On the day we had planned to record the podcast I had a moment where I started to get super nervous about what the heck I was going to say. It felt like old Hadley’s fears and worries that were coming to the surface.
How was I going to be able to clearly talk about what I do?
What do I want to focus on?
Do I know enough?
Do I sound like I know what the hell I’m talking about?
Will I stutter over my words?
I took a deep breath in, and pretty quickly let go of the old voice of fear. I have been so rooted in my practices and have been working so hard in creating clear and loving communication that the illusion that this podcast recording would be anything but magical quickly vanished from my thinking.
And you know what happened, I felt completely blissful during the recording with Kari and Annie. Not necessarily because I spoke so professionally, or purposely, or that I came across with any specific knowledge or teaching but because I simply showed up in a place of truth, honestly, and pure love of what I get to do. I was able communicate the joy of what connection, movement, mindfulness, and creative expression means to me with two wonderful women who I am lucky to call friends. It didn’t need to be a performance, I didn’t need to prove anything, and my worth was not on the line. How wonderful it is to breathe that in, reflect, and recognize the major shifts that have changed. So now I’d love to share our convo/recording with you all, and of course feel free to reach out with any questions and or insight you have.
I also encourage you to take a pause in your life and see if you can carve out some time to reflect on what 2018 has meant for you. Not necessarily setting any goals for 2019 or getting your schedule lined up, but simply reflecting. What has come up, what have you been working hard on, what do you want to celebrate, what are you ready to say no more to. I’m curious as to what you discover.
As always, in love and gratitude
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