I had been in a slump of sorts for a while. I had recently returned from serving as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador (Going In Peace) and was struggling to find where I would fit back in to the "real world". I wasn't where I wanted to be personally, professionally or spiritually and it didn't feel like life was conspiring to help me out much. I was 28 and living in Austin with my cousin who had graciously given me a job as a live-in nanny for her two sweet babies. It was a great gig to get me started but in no way was I fulfilling my full potential. Dozens of resumes sent out with little to no reply and an ego frustrated and ready to give up. I had no money for a vacation but I had to go to Wanderlust.
With a little luck I managed a free ticket to the festival and then booked my flight immediately. I went alone staying with a group of people I met through Pravassa Wellness Travel. This could be risky but it was a risk I was willing to take. Sounded like an adventure to me! To make a long story short, the festival was incredible. I practiced yoga with awesome instructors like Seane Corn, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, Ana Forrest, John Friend, Siri Peterson and Schyler Grant. I was pushed physically, emotionally and spiritually and I began to feel the light within me glow again.
So back to how Wild Acorn came about. On the second day of the festival I went to a class with Seane Corn. Before she began teaching she talked about potential within us all. She gave the analogy of the tiny little acorn and its potential to grow into a big and mighty oak tree. This imagery resonated so deep within me. I knew I had so much power, creativity and energy trapped within within me that I wasn't fully nurturing and letting grow. I had to tap into that power and start growing. The conversion was not instant but it happened slowly but surely. I came home and began practicing yoga more diligently and decided to finally take the jump to go through yoga teacher training. I began learning about health and nutrition and started taking better care of myself. I healed the wounded relationship with my dad. I moved out of my cousins house and into my own place. And I GOT A JOB!
Since then life has not been a straight and easy road but I have never forgotten the wild and crazy power within me and each and every one of us that when tapped into can not only accomplish great things, but also bring healing and peace to your soul. Wild Acorn will be a collection of my ideas and thoughts on whole health, holistic nutrition, yoga, emotional and spiritual well being, love and life. I am honored and humbled that you would want to read, learn and grow along with me. It's going to be an adventure!