I signed a lease. I am committed to building a yoga community. A studio that is close to home. A location outside of The Highlands or St. Matthews, you know where the "not cool" people live? That's how some people react when I tell them I live in Jeffersontown. It may have taken me 32 years to admit it, but I love living here.
I was born in Shivley and moved to J-Town in 8th grade. I've loved watching my town grow. It has changed quite a bit over the past 20 years. What has stayed the same is the small town feel. I love the fact that Jeffersontown is a melting pot. Families work hard and all of my neighbors are different. I feel safe in my neighborhood and never once have felt "out of place" in my own part of town. Sometimes I think about moving closer to The Highlands so that I could walk to more places, but then I remember how much I hate traffic. lol. The majority of my family members live within a few miles and both of my children have attended J-Town Preschool since they were 6 weeks old. The only thing missing? A yoga studio, duh :)
I have always wanted to own a studio. When I was younger I dreamed of owning a dance studio. Somewhere along the way, someone told me how difficult that would be. I don't remember who said it or if it was said directly to me or not, but it def got in my head. Long term goals of dancing beyond college seemed unrealistic so I focused on finding a "normal" job.
Lots of things happened that lead me to yoga, juicy stories that Ill have to share later. The lesson I've learned is that sometimes dreams don't come true. Maybe your dreams are meant to be crushed because it will lead you to something better (corny I know). Perhaps timing wasn't right or your true passion has yet to be determined.
I've listened to the voices of doubt in my head for the past 8 years. Recently the voices have stopped. Everything has come full circle. In May I walked my 4 year old daughter onto The Brown Theatre Stage. It was her second Vision Dance Center Recital and my first recital as a dance teacher. I was lucky enough to be her teacher and it was the HARDEST JOB I HAVE EVER HAD. Don't get me wrong, I loved it and it was super rewarding... but my goodness it takes patience and lots of love. After a year of teaching little dancers I realized how much I enjoy teaching adults. Kids are wonderful 1-2 times a week, but what holds me accountable to my practice is leading and relating to others. I've taught yoga to children, teenagers, college athletes, cross fitters, runners, musicians, the elderly, first time yogis and dedicated practitioners. In any given class, you never know who will walk through the door. I've met the most amazing people through yoga. I can't wait to meet more :)