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Practicing what I preach

Monday, December 13, 2010 by Marianne Elliott

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This has been one hell of a year.

A year ago I had just offered to lead a 30 day sadhana with no thought of running an online yoga course. I hadn’t yet taught an Off the Mat course. I had a blog but not a website. I was working on my manuscript but didn’t have an editor. I dreamed of supporting myself through human rights contract work but hadn’t yet made any moves towards getting that kind of work.

In the past twelve months I have:

It has been a big year.

I’ve discovered how my unusual mix of passions, skills and experiences can be of real service. (Would you like a side of yoga with that panel presentation on the impact of increasing military engagement in humanitarian work?) I’ve even begun to work out how to support myself to live in this material world while doing what I love, on my own terms.

I’ve said yes more often and I’ve experimented with overwhelm.

I’ve been overwhelmed.

I’ve been exhausted. And I’ve been so excited that I found more than enough energy to keep going in the midst of the exhaustion.

I’ve made new friends and deepened my connection to old friends. I’ve lost contact with people who I once thought I couldn’t live without. I’ve accepted help more often and extended my hand in an offer of support whenever I could.

I’ve explored my limits. And I’ve put it all on the line.

Now it is time to rest. It is time to practice what I preach. To nourish myself so that I can keep serving you all up the very best I have to give.

It is time to retreat for a little while.

So from 24 December until 2 January I will be off-line. I’ll be celebrating Christmas with family and friends, dancing the New Year into being, gardening, walking on the beach and lying on the couch reading.

I’ll be marinating in the juices of all that has happened this year, gathering up my best yoga juju for the January 30 days of yoga course (there is still room if you want to join us) and allowing 2011 to come to life in it’s own good time.

And although I have lots of ideas bubbling up at the moment, my writing tank is running low on fuel. I may have to coast to the end of the year on chocolate and restorative yoga and save some of those brilliant posts for the New Year.

This week however I do have one last change-maker interview and live Twitter chat for 2010. I’ll be talking to the amazing Letha Sandison who founded Wrap Up Africa and whose approach to sustainable development and cancer has captured the attention of the Live Strong Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. Letha inspires me and I’m thrilled to be able to introduce you to her.

I also have a couple of really great giveaways for people on my mailing list – a place in a writing course with Sara Blackthorne or a place in a photography course with Irene Nam. If you want to have a chance to win then you’ll need to sign up to my VIP list, choose the “All this and more” option.

May you be well in every way.

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19 Responses to "Practicing what I preach"

  1. Alexis Grant says:

    Love that you’re going offline to recharge. I’m thinking of doing the same, but just for New Year’s weekend — taking those three days to get away, work on my manuscript, and just generally be unavailable to anyone but myself :)

  2. Congrats on a fabulous year! I’m so happy to have had 30 Days of Yoga as part of mine. Thanks for all you do!

  3. Definitely sounds like you need some time to recharge, nourish and dance. Congrats on a big year, and best wishes for all good things in 2011! xx

  4. Abbie says:

    Wow – I remember your first 30 day yoga course… you are just kicking butt lady! I’m so glad that I found you in time to follow this journey :)

  5. asiyah says:

    Sounds like a good idea though I will miss you online – can’t wait to see what 2011 holds for you. :)

  6. It looks really awesome stacked up like that! Congratulations, Marianne.
    You may like to know that there is a link on my web-site to yours – go from the resources page to Living Where we Live, under peace.

  7. Lubna says:

    Great going! Wishing you a wonderful festive season with your loved ones.
    Through you blog you have inspired so many people in different ways, I know you inspired me.
    Merry Xmas.
    Best regards,
    Lubna

  8. Heidi says:

    good for you ~ pausing to fill the emotional, spiritual and physical creativity tank is never a bad thing!

    looking forward to seeing you on the virtual mat in Jan!

  9. Lorraine says:

    What an incredible list of achievements!! You have most definitely earned some time out to look after yourself. Have a wonderful time with your family, friends and really getting to know your couch :-)
    Take care
    Lorraine x

  10. Christen says:

    Congratulations! What a year of making dreams come true. Wishing you a truly restorative next few weeks!

  11. Go. Nourish yourself. Unplug. Eat dark chocolate. Dance/run on the beach. You have clearly had an extraordinary year and have given so much of yourself. We met just a few months ago, but getting to know know, at a table with those other wonderful women, has been an absolute delight. Tx

  12. Kyra says:

    Wow wow wow! What a fabulous year! Reading this post has made me feel so inspired to make my own dreams a reality. This is an amazing list! Enjoy your downtime. Immerse yourself in it. Cheers to a new year!

  13. Brigitte says:

    What an amazing list of accomplishments! More than some achieve in a lifetime. Enjoy your well-deserved rest.

  14. Anne-Marie says:

    marianne, wishing you and yours a very happy midsummer, christmas and new year xx

  15. akhila says:

    Wow, you have achieved SO much in this year… you deserve to take some time off to rejuvenate and recharge :) Enjoy!

  16. NancyH says:

    a truly INCREDIBLE set of accomplishments and new starts and (seemingly) a picture of your true self in them. you have my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for next year and beyond!

  17. Carol says:

    What an amazing year :-) Please send some of that super energized drink you’ve been consuming my way please!

  18. Laura says:

    Wow what a year Marianne! you’ve been an inspiration for me in 2010 :) Have a merry xmas with your family and friends – I’m sure you’ll enjoy the ‘time off’!

  19. Wow! You are one of my heroes, Marianne!
    Love, love, love what you’ve created and shared this year. Thank you so much for being part of my year, bella.

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