“Lean Into Your Dream”
I've had many dreams over the years but one has been with me for twenty-two of them. My vision to create a place where people could gather to center their mind, body and spirit with their breath. This dream has taken on many shapes and forms. I practiced energy work and taught meditation classes out of my tiny studio apartment in Austin, TX 18 years ago, then again in Boulder, CO a few years later. I then nurtured the saleswoman in me and owned a bankcard business followed by creating an all natural skin care product then back to selling hardware & software for Corporate America. One day while sitting at my desk in tears feeling miserable in my over-weight, inflamed, pain riddled body I realized I had been denying the fact I was making the choice to be a slave to the false security of a six figure income and the slogan, "You've got benefits."
That was my turning point, literally. I shifted my focus inward and began to acknowledge the song of my Soul. I came back to my heart. I asked to be laid off, accepted their generous package and started a private practice. I was not sure how it was going to manifest but I had no choice but to honor my truth. Because I did, this newsletter was born and I began to share the inspirations that internally drive me and my business began to grow. I also took the time to identify functionally the dis-ease I was experiencing in my body and did the work to shift and heal. I dropped 50 pounds of fat and emotions and slipped into Hailey again.
Soon after that my mother passed and my world shifted instantly. My journey with her became a published story and I created a workshop I now teach on forgiveness. However the dream I wanted so badly when I was 26 was still brewing. I had no idea pilates would be the muse for the creation of my vision. Pilates brought me back to connecting my mind, body and spirit through the movement of my breath. How amazing. It took me deeper into the flow of what I've been called to do on this planet and my dream was re-ignited. I've opened a home studio!
My point is, never ever give up on what you hope and dream for. I sometimes forgot about my dream then when there was an opening it would re-surface. It is evident. I've always lived the dream in my heart and mind. Each step along my path has gifted me with a little more knowledge and wisdom. Am I out in the world with a store front yet, no but I will be. Will the dream re-invent itself again when I am, yes of course. Am I happy with my decisions, yes because each day I choose to lean a little further into my dream, open my heart to receive, ignore the naysayers and leap past the fear and into the knowing of "God is my Source therefore I AM."
There is nothing more rewarding than the blessings of choosing to live the experience of "I AM."
May your journey take you home to your truth - Hailey
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