Aim True

May 9, 2016

A couple weekends ago, I attended Kathryn Budig's #AimTrue workshop in DC. In case you don't know, Kathryn is a well known yoga teacher, author and inspirational speaker. She's also the first yogi I followed when I began my practice. As soon as I saw she was coming to DC, I knew I couldn't miss this opportunity to hear her message, experience a yoga class led by her and be inspired.

Kathryn Budig, Under Armour, Aim True, DC, Yoga, yogi, namaste, yoga diaries

The purpose of the tour is centered around her new book, Aim True. It is 310 pages of yoga flows, healthy recipes as well as how Aim True came to be.

Kathryn Budig, Under Armour, Aim True, DC, Yoga, yogi, namaste, yoga diaries, S'ip by S'well bottle, water bottle, Aim True book, journal

I had no idea how life-changing this workshop would be and how the timing of it would align with so many thoughts and issues going on in my life. Aim True can have an abundance of different meanings to everyone, which is the beauty of the message.

Since then, I've been contemplating what Aim True means to me and I immediately thought of an arrow. It knows the destination and doesn't let anything get in the way to reach it. Much like an arrow, I need to focus on MY path and not let anything (or anyone) derail me.

Aim True, Little White Dress, LWD, Arrow ring, Alex & Ani ring, H&M dress, pink bag, spring outfit

A big example of this that I keep coming back to is to stop comparing myself to other people. Bloggers, yogis, weightlifters, coworkers, the person in front of me in the Target checkout line. The world's judgmental mentality is all too easy to pick up and it's toxic. After all, we don't know what the person has been, or is, going through. Comparing yourself to others will just make you feel bad about yourself. Ain't nobody got time for that!

Some days I also feel lost on how to keep inspiring people via social media and grow a larger, authentic audience. I always try to share helpful workouts, meals, etc... anything that helps me on my journey. However, I feel like I don't have as much reach because I'm not posting selfies, photos of coffee, or weekly flower trips to Whole Foods. The truth is: I very rarely feel comfortable posting selfies, I don't like coffee and I'd rather spend my money on healthy food, not flowers that die in a week.

That's who I am.

I'm on my own path, instead I'm letting negative thoughts and other people's actions derail me from staying true to myself. Kathryn spoke a lot about being worried what others will say, how they'll respond to your decisions, posts, etc. Unfortunately, people will always try to bring you down or disagree with you, but as long as you stay true to yourself, it's okay!

I get way too caught up in what others may think, what whitty caption can I write, or am I wearing the latest and greatest work out wear. It's mentally exhausting and, as a result, sometimes I end up posting nothing. That is not healthy and definitely won't help me on my journey. It's time I stop caring about petty things, start enjoying life and pouring my efforts into the more important things. At the end of the day, if a person really wants to follow my posts, they will.

In my journal from the workshop, I wrote down: wake up everyday knowing your passion, not worrying about others, and you'll always hit your mark. That sums up what Aim True means to me pretty darn well, actually.

Here are a few other notes I wrote down during Kathryn's talk that really hit me:

As soon as we wake up in the morning, we are flooded with negative thoughts. We see ourselves in the mirror and we start critiquing, but that's not how we should start our day. Loving ourselves, flaws and all, will help you start your Aim True journey.

Pull the power back into your hands! No one can make you feel better about the circumstances but YOU.

Every choice you make in life comes from 2 places: fear and love. (Fear isn't always bad!)

Don't be embarrassed about who you are.

Find your tribe members - those who will resonate with you.

Flip your perspective and see the unknown as something good and positive.

What does Aim True mean to you?


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    1. Thank you, Hanna! My boyfriend got it for me - it's perfect and reminds me to Aim True everyday!! xo

      Alissa

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