Expectations vs. Reality
Expectation - Noun - a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.
Reality - Noun - The world of the state of things a they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.
Lets be real for a minute. Life is a constant ping-pong game between these two words. Every morning we wake up with the expectation of the day to come. Rarely does the expectation we have set out for ourselves ever become the reality of the day. However, despite that, we have learnt to adapt, become resilient and accept change. For some of us (me included) change, especially last minute change, throws me for a loop and often times send me right below the line. It takes work, and a toolbox filled with tools we need to deal with the ebb and flow of daily life. To everyone out there reading this, know that you are doing an amazing job balancing life and accepting or rejecting the reality you are faced with that may not align with your expectations.
Having said that, as frustrating and terrifying as it can be for our expectations not to align with reality, I feel that it is crucial to have expectations, and to have high expectations at that. Dream big, jump in with both feet, because you never know. Today may be the day that the intent you set for yourself becomes reality. I truly believe high expectations are the key to everything. Some may say that in life and relationships, having high expectations are a way to set yourself up for disappointment. I say, putting those words and negativity out to the universe is a surefire way to ensure it because reality.
Think about this - Setting high expectations for others and for your goals is true reflection of yourself. The expectations you have for others shows just how far you would go for them and how much respect you have for them. On the same note, the expectations that you set for yourself and your goals shows just how hard you are willing to work to make those dreams reality.
Teaching Yoga - Expectation
Let's rewind back a few months to when this crazy adventure began. I was immersed in my 200 hour Yoga Teacher training and I knew that when I was done I would teach and my goal was to open a Yoga Studio.
I expected that when I was done and began putting myself out to the community and holding classes that People would come out, flow with me and feel the physical benefits I desperately hoped that they would also see the mental and spiritual benefits of practice. I expected that I would reach a handful of people in my community and work with them to help them build a consistent practice.
I expected to be a drop in the bucket, another player in the amazing community of Yoga teachers we have on the South Shore. However, I put myself out there in a big way - doing thing that no-one had done before. I had absolutely nothing to loose, and myself and my community had everything to gain!
Teaching Yoga - Reality
MIND BLOWN. So many amazing people came out to support me and attend my classes, they embraced the outside the box events I scheduled and Riverside Yoga was AMAZING! The amount of community and positive energy that was brought to each and every session was beyond humbling. I found that through teaching yoga I found as much space and release as attending a yoga class myself and that I was reaching people at a much deeper level than just their physical bodies.
I am blessed to have received an incredible amount of positive feedback from the community, some that I will share in the space below.
"Hey Brittany! I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your class tonight. I'm so excited for you to open your studio. I'm truly happy to see you follow your dreams and you've really found your calling. I almost got emotional during tonight's class because I feel so at ease and stress free, which can be really hard for me sometimes. Keep doing what you're doing, I can't wait to be a member and see where my journey takes me!"
"Hey Brittany - I just left another one of your classes and I just wanted to write you to tell you how amazing they are! I cannot wait for your studio to open because Bridgewater is definitely in need of something like this! I did my yoga teach training in 2014 and I have to say, I enjoy your classes the most! Your sequences are spot on and I love the added touch of always having a purpose! The intentions, oils and words just mean so much. I was going to stop and chat after class but you had some people chatting so I figured I would leave you a little message! Thanks for making my night better!!!"
I" just want to say thank you for last nights class! I'm so glad I discovered your yoga classes when they first began, even though there was times I doubted if I should come and there was a small gap I couldn't come cause of work, I look forward to every Wednesday Evening. Can't wait for your studio to be open <3 Thank you!"
Opening a Yoga Studio- Expectation
Absolute Insanity. I work full time, I have two children and a partner who himself has two children, I sit on the Downtown Planning Advisory Committee and I opened a Yoga Studio. Where in the world am I going to find time to eat,sleep or do any of the things for me that I know I need to do to keep me above the line.
I expected that on any given day, one of the many balls that I am juggling in the air will drop.
Nervous? Excited? Terrified? Ecstatic? Yup. All of the above. Regardless, I jumped in with both feet.
Opening a Yoga Studio - Reality
Insane? Yes. Busy? Yes! Amazing? YES!
I would not trade this experience and this opportunity for anything in the world!
Although from the outside - as many of you have wondered about - it would seem that I should be run off my feet, curled up in a ball crying in the corner.
Ok, yes, sometimes I want to do that, but more often than not I feel on top of the world! I have never felt so much space in my life. I have never felt so at home in my life. Aside from being the best mom to my kids I can I have never felt so much purpose in my life!
Every time I step into the studio I feel at home and grounded. I LOVE seeing all your smiling faces come through the door. I love watching the change in your breath from the start of practice to the end.
I am thanked everyday for establishing a Yoga Studio in Bridgewater, for the variety of classes, for my teaching. But the big thank you belongs to you! You, who comes to the studio . You who leaves with a renewed sense of breath. You who is doing the work. You give me purpose.
I can honestly say that you would have to pay me a lot of money to sit down and listen to a Justin Beiber song, but there is one that I gravitate towards at the end of class. "Purpose". It resonates with me at the end of practice and I hope it does for you too, but on a much bigger level the song is a thank you. A thank you for allowing me to guide you, to teach you and pass on ideas and knowledge to you. For bring ing your energy and inspiration to the studio. For believing in me and my vision and for all the hugs! You are the champions. The ones who are allowing my Reality to be so much better than my expectation.
THANK YOU! You will never know what you all mean to me.
Shoot for the moon! Dream big! Make bold requests! Because, you just never know what space you may find!
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!
A special than you to Ms. Amy Cohoon who I have had the immense pleasure of connecting with through this journey and who has spoken so positively about Yoga Room of Essence on her personal Blog. A woman of strength who is using her blog and her experience to help others and heal herself. If you can, take a moment to find her latest blog post here
"Don't lower your expectations to met your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality."
Brittany is the Founder and Owner of Yoga Room of Essence. Yoga and Eastern Healing Methods have made a significant impact on her life. Here she will share knowledge, insight and inquiries into these amazing Healing Methods.