A few months ago my sister asked me if I wanted to take a trip with her to Tulum. A place that I had drooled over via instagram and had always been intrigued by. Although my heart said yes my head said no. I immediately went to all of the reasons why I shouldn’t go. I don’t want to spend the money, I have finally gotten my gut health to a good place and I don’t want to ruin it there, I like the routine of Christmas in Chicago, and the list went on. I continued to tell my sister “I’ll think about it” while she was attempting to plan this trip while sending me the most beautiful photos of the paradise we could spend a few days in. I fought it for a few weeks and one day I just had a moment where I decided to say yes. All of my reasons not to go suddenly became reasons to go. Financially, I could do it. My gut health is on track and this is a time to trust that I know how to stay on track. My routine can be changed and I won’t drop dead (even though sometimes it feels like it). So there it was. I said yes.
One simple word. Yes. And I had committed not only to a trip but I honored something deep inside me that needed this trip. The last 2 months of 2017 have been a wild ride and I can’t think of a better time for this trip to have come. It’s almost like I knew that I was going to need to be there. And I am so freaking glad I said yes to this trip.
We spent 4 days in a magical jungle, completely unplugged (well mostly), and present. I was able to step out of my routine and TRULY recharge. I did yoga on a cliff overlooking the ocean, ate the most incredible food, still celebrated matcha monday, read books at the beach, and participated in a sound healing that honestly shook me to my core (in a good way). I got to spend quality time with my beautiful sister and I got to completely reconnect to myself and where I am heading. I have a lot of changes coming in 2018 and I am fully ready to embrace them. A part of me felt anxious to get back to all of the things I “need to do” back home, but the reality was I needed to be there. I needed to recharge my batteries so I can show up with light and positivity to the changes that are being created for me. Tulum itself was a dream. It was magical, healing, and most importantly different.
Usually on any given occasion I am the first to plan each and every part of it. On this trip, I told my sister a few things that I wanted to do and then let go of the reins and allowed her to experience this trip through her eyes. I was able to truly let go of control and just be.
Now I could continue to talk about Tulum and the magical powers that it has, but you can go there and figure it out for yourself. My main point of this blog post is the fact that I said yes.
That is one of my intentions for 2018. To just say yes.
I frequently say this to my classes and I literally get chills when they respond “YES”. I am so quick to tell others to do it yet I was so afraid to do it myself. So in 2018 I am committing to saying yes more. If I wouldn’t have said yes I would have been cold in Chicago, taking classes that I can take anytime I’m home, and missing out on the spontaneity that life has to offer.
I said yes and I got out of my comfort zone. I did something different. I allowed myself to experience something that deep down my soul truly needed. I recharged. I said yes not only to the experience but to myself. To what my heart wanted.
I said yes and an opportunity arose. An opportunity I could have so quickly missed based on fear.
So I challenge you. To just say yes.
Say yes to the things that scare you.
Say yes to the opportunities that may challenge you.
Say yes to what your heart needs.
Say yes to the things that your soul is craving.
Say yes even if you’re unsure of the outcome.
Say yes and trust that the Universe has you in its care.
Saying yes to a trip really just meant I was saying yes to myself. And I am so damn glad that I did.