Today I was thinking to myself, ‘Hell!.. I’ve done a lot recently and I know there’s a few people out there who would want to know about it’. And as not everyone has Facebook, here it is. The very first ‘Alara’s World’ Newsletter.
I have just got home from another long day, working on campus on a piece of coursework due-in in a few days’ time. There seems to be a constant atmosphere of rush, not knowing enough, not being good enough and not having enough time. I feel I get sucked into this whirlpool of anxiety after a while. Thankfully, my intuition has learned to speak up for itself and if I ignore it for too long, it’s not afraid to demand attention. Like now when it wants me to reflect on all my exciting do’s and step away from work!
I have recently been taking a lot of baby steps forward towards my dreams and ambitions. So here they are!
1. I’ve got active on my YouTube channel
My plan with this is to interview a different people that inspire me with things that they do or characteristics they have. Alongside this, I also want to do tutorials for yoga and dance sequences and moves. One of my new years’ goals is to reach 100 subscribers on my YouTube channel and I’m currently on 17. Got a little way to go!
2. I’ve networked with Fiona, founder of ‘Cowdance’, a company that combines yoga and outdoor activites
It’s something I’m really interested in doing. Combining stuff. I have some great great great combinations in mind involving adventures, outdoors, yoga, dance and maybe music. Fiona, based in the Yorkshire Dales, is on the same page as me on that topic. So, when I found her website I e-mailed her immediately asking if we could have a chat on the phone about how she got where she got today. Turns out that the company is very newly blossoming and allready taken a lovely first few steps. We really hit it off on the phone and she invited me to come and visit her in the sometime. This was the perfect excuse to make a weekend trip to the Dales with my now boyfriend, Josh. We both met her and her husband and really resonated with our ideas. This was in December before I went back home for Christmas and once home I woke up to find a beautiful e-mail from her packed with inspiration. She was talking about how well I would fit into the company and contribute to its growth. It excited me how I would be helping develop something relatively new. Because, you know, its not really 'me' to follow rules! So I now have a few retreat dates arranged where I will be assisting her. Eek!
3. I’ve set up a society called GeoAdventures!!!
Still on the topic of combining, but this time a slight different combination. I got this idea last year, exploring geology by doing various outdoor activities. This year I thought, ‘Well, I’m not on the kayaking committee anymore, I can do anything I want!’ I posted about it on our course Facebook page asking if anyone wanted to help me run it. To my delight, it didn’t take long before I got 3 girls on my committee, all buzzing to get stuff going. Thanks to a £2000 funding we got, this past weekend I organised a GeoKayaking trip for 20 people. Both students and lecturers came and had a great time! I’m even more excited about the next one because Hannah from our committee has organised a rock climbing trip at a beautiful cove called Rinsey with vertical granite cliffs. As Hannah is here next year she is very keen to carry it on next year too!
With this society hopefully lecturers and students will become a bit more connected and also get a chance to see geology from a better and more unusual angle while having fun.
You can tell that I’m very excited about this I have no doubt!
4. I’ve stopped dance and started gymnastics
I know! But don’t worry I haven’t given up dancing. Dance classes have been great during my time at uni but this year I’ve got to a point where I would rather be creating dances or improvising rather than reciting pre-made material. So instead, I’ve decided to learn a new skill and get out my comfort zone a bit. And do that I did, because I finally managed to do a backwards walkover!
5. I’ve started modelling and love it
I may be an outdoorsy free spirit but the other side of me is made for the stage. That’s where my love for dancing comes from. Putting on looks, being in front of the camera. I don’t know what it is that draws me to it; all the attention or feeling appreciated. It might just be the praise. Whatever the reason, doing this makes me feel more confident and great in some way.
6. I’ve been interviewed by ‘People of the Sea’
Following on from my previous point about liking attention, Luke, is the founder of a great local company called ‘People of the Sea’. It is based around interviewing and photographing people’s connection with the sea and bringing that community (primarily surfing!) together. I had an interview with him back in September about my experience of surfing and what kind of connection I have with the sea. He’s recently just published it and I think he’s worded it beautifully.
Click here to view the interview: http://bit.ly/2jHJaDT
7. I invested in some life coaching sessions and definitely do not regret it
I know what you’re thinking. Life coaching?! Do you need that at this age? Well, turns out. Yes. The most important thing Juliet, my coach, helped me to do was learn to listen to my intuition which is something that’s not that easy to listen to when university is nearly over, life seems scary and survival instinct are much stronger than any whispers of intuition that may exist. With this, I managed to acknowledge that having a direct impact on people is something that really gives me fulfilment. And, if I’m doing something I really love doing, I’ll be dead good at it and have a hugely positive impact, at that.
8. I’ve started babysitting
Two kids age 8 and 9. I love it. It’s only a few hours a week but such a good excuse to be a child again!
9. I’ve got an amazing job for the summer, a great reference for it and a sexy CV
This summer I’m going to be working with ‘The Bushcraft Company’ where we take a group of kids out into an ancient woods for a few days and teach them how to build shelters, cook in the wild and do bushcraft. We also go wild swimming, exploring the woodland and play games by the camp fire. Throughout the summer, I’m also going to be assisting Fiona, from Cowdance Yoga with her ‘Into the Woods’ yoga retreat.
My ‘job-hunting’ period for this was actually really fun and rewarding. I gave my CV a good polish, made business cards and got an amazing reference from my tutor who said it was the easiest reference he ever wrote. I’m so excited for this summer to come!
10. I want to get a car
Yup. I'm a grown-up now who has passed her driving test (after many attemps!). So goodbye trains. I will now go where I please.
11. I have a rough plan for after summer and it's exciting!
Work the whole summer, save up lots of money, get inspired, book a flight out to Australia on a ‘work and travel’ visa, harvest fruit or work for an outdoor adventure company, go to Bali and do my Yoga Teacher Training, go back to Australia (Who knows, work in a yoga studio!), come back to England all energised and full of ideas for the next chapter of my life.
12. I’m in a long distance relationship and I love it
Thanks to this I have re-discovered the forgotten gem of letter writing! I feel it’s pretty healing really. You really appreciate the time you get together. It also means you have to speak your feelings because there’s too much uncertainty in long distance to expect the other to mind-read. This is Josh everyone :)
Alara believes that the path to a fulfilled life is to make a unique meaningful impact in the world. So she now helps business owners and is an NLP practitioner, a yoga teacher and a Contemporary Rites of Passage facilitator. She helps entrepreneurs align their life and business with their purpose in 8 weeks.