Challenge Season!

I am nearing the end of the 30 Day Challenge at Sacred.  This month of yoga and movement has been great, and there will be a post re-capping the biggest takeaways when I have officially completed the challenge (Two classes to go!), but the simplest, most bare-bones reflection is this: I loved it.

One of the things that I’ve been pondering throughout the yoga challenge is the concept of momentum, the physical law that an object in motion will stay in motion. I’ve found myself dancing in my kitchen more, stretching at home, showing off new pilates moves to my husband, not because I am amazing at them (far from it, my friends), but because I could not do them a month ago, and now I can. The act of challenging myself has made me want to do more. I did not anticipate this, but I like it. It makes me want to do more challenges.

You know what else I like? Writing about all of these things, and — even better — reading and writing about massage. Just as the January challenge began to draw to a close, I received an invitation to participate in a massage blogging challenge this February. I did not participate in the slightly more challenging challenge (more posts! Fewer words!) Kelli Wise instigated in August, but I loved reading posts from people who did.

My theme for 2013 is shaping up to be “do more of what makes you feel good.” January was yoga and movement. February is (more yoga, plus) immersion in thinking about massage — reading, writing, the works. You will be hearing more from me, at least 20 times in this short month, which is a bit of an acceleration for this blog. Sometimes it takes a challenge, a sliver of accountability, to make even positive changes. I hereby pass it along and challenge you, too, to commit to doing something that makes you feel good. Is it exercise? Is it getting more massages? Is it setting up phone dates to connect with old friends? Going to museums or restaurants? Is it getting more sleep? Whatever it is, go on and get yourself some enrichment! I’ll be right here. We can do it together.

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