Someone once said, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” You and I have taken thousands of steps in our lives. Each step has shaped us into the people we are today. Today is where your story and mine intersect. So cheers to us and to the birthday of my blog! In this post, I will be sharing my story and the intention of this blog.
I danced ballet for six years growing up. Ballet was my first passion. I remember looking forward to each practice at Academy One Music and Dance Center in Manila. Through ballet, my body became flexible and strong. As a little girl, I learned discipline, control, and grace.
Once a year, we would have a recital at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. One specific year, the recital theme was Little Mermaid. They cast one of my favorite “majors” as Ariel. Majors were the ballerinas on pointe. I was one year away from graduating to pointe and I was incredibly inspired. I wanted the opportunity to dance on pointe and audition for a leading role in our annual recital. I still remember the day my mom and I purchased my pointe shoes. I used my pointe shoes for a few months until I got news that my family was moving to the United States.
I moved to California in August of 2001. This move was a major life change and it took me some time to adjust to my new home. The great thing was that English was my primary language growing up. I didn’t pursue ballet in California. I don’t know what happened. Maybe it was because I got so close to fulfilling one of my dreams and then I felt like I had to start over at square one.
I was physically inactive my first few years here. I started 7th grade in 2002. In 7th grade, I got the first and last C I would ever receive on a report card. I received a C in P.E. We were required to run a mile on the track every week and I remember being one of the last people to finish each time. I think my P.E. teacher gave me a C because he thought I wasn’t trying. I looked thin and reasonably fit from the outside. I wasn’t though. My cardiovascular endurance was slim to none.
I moved through high school and college remaining thin but being physically weak. I remember taking naps a lot during college because I’d be really tired all the time. I would also catch a cold practically each time I would stay up late. This continued on for some time even after I graduated college.
At 23, I found myself at a great firm working diligently to advance my career. One of my coworkers at this firm was really athletic. She did it all! She invited me to check out a Sculpt class at CorePower Yoga, which is a heated vinyasa yoga class with weights. I had no clue what I was getting into but I was so excited. I’m not going to lie. I spent most of the class on my mat watching these superstars in class. One, because I felt like I was literally going to black out at any moment, and two, because I was so incredibly inspired at the strength and balance everyone showed in class. I did a free week at the studio in 2012 and was hooked.
Since 2012, my fitness journey has been an sweet adventure. My passion is yoga. When I first started, I practiced yoga three to four times per week. I took things at my own pace and began to challenge myself over time with more advanced classes and poses. Yoga cultivated my physical strength but the mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga kept me coming back to my mat. Late in 2013, a yoga instructor approached me about teacher training. After some contemplation, I embarked on my teaching journey summer of 2014.
Through teaching yoga, I experienced growth in my physical yoga practice but most importantly, I found my voice. I overcame my fear of public speaking or being in front of people through teaching yoga.
Yoga was the key to unlocking my fitness lifestyle. During the fall of 2013, I completed my first half marathon in San Francisco. This would have made my middle school P.E. teacher proud!
In addition to yoga and running, I took barre classes at various studios in Orange County. In early 2015, I discovered Bikini Body Guide (BBG) by Kayla Itsines and ran with it; so much so that #bbgmeetupOC was born. As of today, I do something active and sweaty six days a week. Fitness is a nonnegotiable part of my day- a meeting I schedule with myself. I’ve discovered my best body and mind through everything you’ve read so far. This brings me to this blog and my desire to share with you what I’m learning.
Inspire | Share | Connect
I live my life in an intentional way. In line with that, I am setting an intention for this blog. The three words that stood out to me right away were: Inspire, Share, and Connect.
One day, I woke up and realized life wasn’t meant to be lived on the sidelines. Your life is a story. You play a major role in it. You have the unique opportunity to live out your story every day. (More on that here). When I realized that I had a choice in every single moment, my mentality shifted. I didn’t want to be defined by my past, negative thought patterns, or the opinion of others. I grounded myself in my faith and I’m currently on an imperfect but beautiful journey to live a life aligned with my values.
I want this blog to be a resource for you in all things yoga, fitness, and life!
I hope to make this a space where we can be real. I value relationships and connecting with people.
Thank you for being here. I am so excited to see where this journey will take us. Drop a line and say hi below. You can stay connected on new blog posts by subscribing to the right.