1. Holy smokes this week was a doozy. First & foremost, POP UP YOGA DSM launched. It has been brewing for up to two months in my brain and I messaged a friend who I thought would be the perfect fit to help get it up and rolling and well, here we are. Intention of it: bring yoga to all of Des Moines, not just the west side. It should be affordable (free most of the time) and accessible. Here’s where my two passions merge: community development & yoga! How cool, right? Des Moines has awesome parks, great buildings and areas that could use some human bodies. After working in the east side, I have fallen in love with some parks. Seriously, let’s yoga together. Find us on Facebook & Twitter. We will be launching our park series soon…
2. So many realizations are happening this week & this is me capturing them all:
- I don’t really care if I fail. I don’t plan on starting anything I know I’m incapable of actually executing. But if I’ve exhausted my resources & done the best I have, well, there it is. Move on.
- The more you put yourself “out there,” the more people are going to criticize you.
- People want to do good in this world, they just don’t always know how.
3. Gahhhh. I don’t know if it’s appropriate to actually say this before it comes to fruition, but let’s just say there’s some major interest in the grain elevator public art project. #eastsidepride That’s all I can say for now.
4. I have some serious procrastination issues with grad school, which has led me to make some great soup, listen to Yes Please, read Scary Close and learn all about social entrepreneurship. By the way, Donald Miller is one of my heroes. He wrote Scary Close and while the title about “finding intimacy” can be misleading (it’s not just love, folks!!), it has rocked my world. Don talks a lot about us being actors in life and hiding behind a mask because of insecurity, shame, blah blah blah. He really nails it on the head. If you’re all small-talk and don’t care about your heart & soul, this is not the book for you. If you want to dig a little bit deeper and love a little transparency/vulnerability then a) read this book and b) read all his other books. This guy convinced me to bike across the country, so be warned.
5. Speaking of biking, I biked to work last Friday. Getting pumped for warmer weather and being more strategic about alternative transportation this spring!
Off to Minneapolis for le weekend!
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