Happy Summer Solstice

Happy June 19th! Today is an eventful day in my life – for 13 years I knew the date as my nephew’s birthday (who is turning 17 today… man, do I feel old). Four years ago on this date, Matt and I went on our first date, and last year on this fateful day we adopted Molly! Tomorrow is also Matt’s 30th birthday – yes, I robbed the cradle a bit there – so we’re excited to celebrate his “becoming a real man,” as he likes to say. It’s going to be an exciting weekend, but we should also take some time today to celebrate Juneteenth, the official end of slavery in the US. Many companies are finally recognizing today as a national holiday, as they should. It’s a turning point in our country’s history, and while we still have a long way to go, reflecting on today’s events can serve as inspiration for the future. Take some time today to read an article, watch a documentary or participate in a cause that celebrates Juneteenth. Some days it may seem painful and fruitless, but the discomfort and unrest is helping us inch toward a better future for everyone.

I’ve been a bit quiet over the past few weeks just digesting everything that has been going on. I tend to keep a lot in, and when there’s a lot brewing, I usually find myself withdrawing. I think we’ve all needed a little bit of that lately. Time to just sit back and process. Whether it’s venturing back out in public despite the fear of a corona resurgence, keeping my career focus strictly on yoga or figuring out the best way to address racism, I find myself constantly wondering, “Am I doing it right?” The truth is, we don’t know what the future holds. Does anyone know what “right” even looks like right now? The days when I find myself second guessing my choices, I have to remind myself – If I just keep putting one foot in front of the other with the best intentions, I’m doing it right. We all are. The important thing is to keep going and keep putting in the work.

This weekend is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the official first day of summer. It is also a solar eclipse in Cancer, a nurturing, emotional sign that will facilitate breakthroughs and fresh starts. It seems so fitting that we’re getting more light right now as so many issues are being illuminated. Over the past several months, we’ve learned a lot about ourselves, our society, our country, our leaders and our local communities. Maybe, in some cases, more than we really wanted to learn. We’re at a turning point, not only nationally, but individually. Take some time today to reflect on where you’ve grown and what you’ve learned so far this year. We’re halfway through 2020, and it sure came at us fast and furious. Use the extra light to illuminate any recent “A-ha” moments that have come up for you lately, and explore what they mean for your future. The answers may not be easy, and you may conjure up some emotions, but just remember that all new beginnings need to go through a process to bloom and thrive. We are so strong, both individually and collectively, and the future is bright. Keep your eyes open and your intentions pure, and you will be just fine.

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