One of my professional goals this year was to network with like minded healthcare professionals. Invited to speak on the importance of creating a healthier lifestyle at the annual Chicago public school nurse luncheon in February and sharing my Five Minute Yoga Break, with nurses and other healthcare professionals, helped quell my fears as these opportunities were completely aligned with my mission to improve health and wellness across the lifespan. Being selected as a fellow for Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, a panel speaker for Movement is Life initiative, and as a press reporter at American Public Health Association annual conference, all provided the validation I needed to keep moving forward on my path. And then came the radio gig, it was exciting, dream come true, great experience, overall a great blessing, the most valuable lesson I learned from the radio gig, hands down is no matter how far we advance…...the Good Ol Boys still exist……and I moved on...
As the year sailed on and I remained committed to my daily writings I began to attract and manifest goals live dreams and experience what self love and self belief will do for a person. The invitation to teach yoga at the aldermans office this summer was a great surprise and blessing not only was I doing what I love, but I was doing it where I love….in my Community!! This opportunity also led to my partnership with the park advisory council allowing Yogatones to teach yoga and share wellness initiatives to my community members beyond the yoga mat, simply doing my part to create a healthy culture of health in my neighborhood and beyond. Along with creating a healthy physical community, I also believe social interactions play a very important role in creating a culture of health and wellness. My participation in community initiatives have also introduced me to some amazing, beautiful people, people I would otherwise not have any communication with….these people are my community members and neighbors. I believe in order to make changes in the world you must start in your community, change begins at home and trickles into your community, the more I’m out there the more I’m sure this is the way to break barriers, remove hate and judgments and improve health and wellness…..love thy neighbor, simple words but often not lived by.
Yogatones has some VERY exciting health and wellness initiatives coming up, and although I want to share them all now, I’ve decided to wait and share with you all post Delivery!! To all my peace and love spreading warriors, don't give up don't fall victim to negativity by those in constant conflict. Stay unique keep spreading peace, love and kindness. We are all delivered here with a unique purpose, and one thing I know for sure I’m a peace activist and will not be stirred or deterred by those in conflict…….Happy New Years Beautiful Loves!!