A whole year has passed since I’ve last blogged. It is time for a resurrection.
This statement alone feels like a confession, and perhaps that is what I intend it to be. It just so happens that at the time of this writing – it is the season of Lent. If you’ve been involved in church or are familiar with Mardi Gras culture you may be familiar with it. It is a time of penitence and reflection and awaiting the resurrection we know is coming. Many people give something up as a sign of sacrifice and fasting. Others add a spiritual practice and those particularly devout spiritual types might do both.
In my other life, I am a ministry director. I have a degree in theology and I have spent a great deal of my life thinking about all things spiritual and faith driven. However, I’ve never really given anything up, nor added any spiritual practices to my life. To be honest, I’ve always felt a little guilty about it. What I have done, is spent each Lent reconnecting to self, to God, and to my community.
After months of winter and at least 4 feet of snow still remaining, I have some cabin fever. I daily pine for Spring, I feel the winter has settled deep in my bones and my heart space. It is so important to have a practice that helps me connect with my faith, spiritual awareness, and my relationship with the creator as well as with my body. It has been a marshmallow world here in the mountains and my body and mind are starting to reflect that! As part of this year’s Lenten practice, a first for me, I’ll be adding Holy Yoga to my daily routine.
5Pine Design has been growing steadily over the past year. This makes me very happy but also adds more work. Last year when I began this business I had these grand intentions of blogging about my designs and clients and my journey of continued design education. I did great for about three months before my client load took off and blogging took a back seat. I eventually just took the blog off my site so that you couldn’t see how massively I was failing at my goals! Recently I was reading an e-book about continued growth in business and realized 5Pine needed a resurrection of sorts. I needed to bring the blog back.
For the next 40 days of Lent, I’ll be getting up a little earlier, doing a bit of yoga and devotion, and then spending some time writing here.
Holy Yoga and Mindy
Why Holy Yoga? My friend Mindy is a Holy Yoga Certified Instructor. She is also a kick-ass youth leader and ministry director. She currently serves at Shephard of the Hills Presbyterian Church as a full-time Fitness Ministry Director, where she manages Studio Love, a community outreach comprised of free fitness classes. Whenever I am in Denver, I make a point of joining in on her classes. The yoga class is centering, grounding, and life-giving making it perfect for a Lenten Practice. The cool thing is that for a mere ten bucks a month I can subscribe to the Holy Yoga TV and stream the practice. I’m really excited about it.
Not surprisingly, as I visited the Holy Yoga site to sign up I was thinking about all the ways it was designed. They have a beautifully set up membership site that offers drip content … impressive! I recently learned how to do that myself. I also love their color palette of blues and purples and the gorgeous photos of the lead yogis. It is, of course, a WordPress site and it is beautiful!
So here I go, toward a better business practice, a better spiritual practice, and a better version of self. All while I seek forgiveness for the shortcomings of the past year with eyes on the forthcoming resurrection.