Several months later, it got shortened: Simplify your life.
At this point, I had been running a yoga studio in NYC for over 4 years. I had taken ownership interest in the business and was committed to its success. It had become an all-consuming endeavor. But that was about to change.
This phrase came to me as I was reflecting back onto my first steps into yoga. I remembered what it felt like to be surrounded by people inspired by purpose, purpose connected to the heart. It was such a refreshing change from my former career in public accounting. I felt so open, so deeply connected to myself and to my work.
When I moved back to NYC, I remember thinking to myself... you are about to embark on a familiar path; one motivated by financial success, driven by competition and ultimately self-limiting. Whatever happens, don't forget what it feels like to be open, to serve for a purpose, to act with generosity of spirit.
I had all but forgotten. This phrase became my reminder. I started to apply its wisdom to my life. I brought more heart into my work and began treating my employees the way I treated my students. I dedicated more time to teaching and delegated my administrative duties. Eventually, I transitioned out of my administrative role completely and became a silent partner in the business.
Today, that phrase continues to add value to my life and
wisdom to my choices. However, I've boiled it down...
now it just reads: