Transitions: My Journey from High School to Adulthood
I went to university thinking I wanted to be a dentist. It wasn't until people asked me why that was my chosen path, that I realized it wasn't who I wanted to be and that it was something I wasn’t passionate about.
Now to tell you a little bit about who I am. I love new experiences, I hate being told what to do, and I love connecting with and learning about people. I’m passionate about living a balanced lifestyle that allows me to thrive and help others feel better. Slowing down and being okay with being unproductive is something I struggle with, but know that I need. I cherish my community who has supported and pushed me to become the person I am today.
9 years ago I graduated from high school in the town of Okotoks, Alberta and moved to what I thought at the time was a big city: Victoria. I currently live in Vancouver and have lived here for 4 years now, but am planning on moving back to Victoria after I graduate this summer! Since the Om work project is geared towards supporting young women in learning about themselves through yoga teacher training, I wanted to share some things I wish I knew when I was graduating high school. I know I still have a lot to learn but I hope you can relate to some of these points and help you gain a different perspective.
Your true friends will always be your friends. Even if you end up moving away from each other. Some of your friendships may fade but you will also gain other new ones along the way.
You don't need to know what you want to be right now. There is so much time to figure it out and learning about who you want to be will help you discover what that is. Make note of the things that light you up or make you happy!
Be curious as to why you do the things you do. This will help you learn a lot about yourself.
Make boundaries. You can say no. It has taken me forever to learn this one. Since I love new experiences, I have struggled with turning some away, and this has caused me to feel exhausted and burnt out at times along the way.
Cherish all those moments of connection. Looking back I wish I appreciated how amazing it was to be surrounded by my best friends in high school and undergrad.
Find a direction, but be open to change.
Care less about what others think of you. As long as you are acting in a way that is true to yourself then it doesn't matter if others don't approve.
Be a part of a community! You don't need to do it all alone. I have always valued my independence and thought this meant that in order to be independent I should never depend on others. I still believe that you shouldn't depend on others to be happy, but in order for relationships to grow there needs to be some interdependence.
Find a creative outlet. Being in the field of sciences and in school for the majority of my life, I enjoy escaping through creative outlets. Whether this is through music, creating new recipes or putting together a new yoga flow, I love using a different part of my brain.
Nourish your body, mind, and spirit. Self- care is important. As a soon to be Naturopathic Doctor, I have seen what may be considered as basic self-care tips to be something that truly changes a persons well being. Prioritize your sleep, water intake, spending time in nature, eating nourishing food, movement and connect with those who bring out the best in you! If you take care of yourself, you will be able to feel optimal and can be mindful with all the amazing experiences that come your way! Don't hesitate to find a partner in your health.
Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or would like to chat!
Lastly, let's talk about yoga. Movement has always been a big part of my life. I started with competitive gymnastics for 9 years as a kid, played soccer for about 10 years and helped create the University of Victoria Vikes cheer team. Yoga is more than just movement and flexibility, it incorporates breath, meditation, community and the opportunity to connect with your body. I’ve been able to use my teacher training to teach in yoga studios, at workshops and future wellness and medical retreats. Many of the points I listed above can be achieved by learning about yourself and going through yoga teacher training is the perfect opportunity for that.