Put in the Work or Just Give Up

I taught yoga to a Roller Derby team once and they were the hardest working group I’d ever taught to.  Despite it being mostly all their first time doing yoga, they put in the work and they supported each other along the way.  They didn’t make excuses when their arms started shaking, they didn’t complain about not knowing what they were doing, they tried and they pushed through.  That takes a special type of grit and toughness that is hard to come by these days.

And forget about yoga, I know that team acts the same way with everything else they do in life. They have a goal and they do whatever it takes.

No excuse will stop them from doing the work it will take to achieve their goal.

That can be a really hard concept to grasp in a world where we can buy almost anything immediately.  But results, real honest results, take extreme patience, hard work, time and the ability to say “F excuses, I’m doing it anyway”.  And to be brutally honest, if putting in work isn’t for you then you might as well just give up on the dream because you’re never going to get it by only being half in.  It’s the yo-yo effect, the “I was on a diet last week but this week I have too much to do so I’ll just eat fast food and end up gaining more weight than when I started.”  Why waste your time if you’re not going to be fully committed.

Hear me out.  Whatever your goal is, you have to put in the work 100%, be all in. Day in and day out, even when you have a million other things to do, even when you’re not feeling it.  The dream has to be more important than the struggle it will take to get there.

Put in the work or just give up.

I hope you choose to put in the work because it is so worth it


Patience Please, I’m Building a Dream

Let’s talk about the grind.  Not the daily grind, but the long-term, year after year grind.

In Chinese astrology, it’s the year of the Fire Rooster. Roosters can literally grind at something for years and not feel the need to get rewarded until the task is complete.  They know the reward will come when the work is done. So they grind. They push. They keep working and they don’t stop.

This is the perfect year to do just that.  To separate the reward from the work.  To grind like never before.  We are officially in month two of 2017 so here is what I want you to do.  I want you to email me your long term goal.  I want you to tell me how you are going to achieve the goal and what you are going to do this month to start the process.  This is what I’m going to do. I’m going to hold you accountable.  I’m going to email you at the end of the month and make sure you are on track.  Because I’m rooting for you and I want you to succeed.

  • Find out what you are crazy obsessed about. 
  • Pick a long term goal related to that. 
  • Figure out the steps you need to take to get there and start today.
  • Like right now.

I’ll tell you mine. I’ve been debating doing a powerlifting meet for about a year now.  I finally bit the bullet and I’m going to do my first meet on April 9th. Now I have 10 more weeks to grind it out. To push myself like I quite literally never have before and to test my skills at the end of it. Why am I doing this? Because staying the same is boring. Living a life of the same is not on my agenda. So I find hobbies, become obsessed with them, learn as much as I can about them and then test my skills.

Find your obsession, learn everything you can about it, put the time in and grind, then your dream is there right in front of you for the taking.

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12 Weeks Left in the Year

There are only 12 weeks left in 2016! Crazy, I know.

I wanted to touch base with you for a little end of the year goal setting and inspiration. A lot of change can happen in 12 weeks.


Take some time to reflect and answer the below questions. Get clear on what you would like to accomplish in the next 3 months and exactly how you plan to accomplish it.

In 12 weeks I will:

I am doing this because:

I will stay committed despite any obstacles that come my way by:

In order to accomplish my 12 week goal, I need to do this by week 8:

In order to accomplish my 8 week goal, I need to do this by week 4:

In order to accomplish my 4 week goal, I need to do this by week 1:

I will start today by:

I will stick with it tomorrow by:

It is also extremely helpful to make yourself a 3 month calendar with your weekly goals listed very clearly. So you know where you need to be each week in order to get to your 12 month goal. Don’t put anything else on this calendar except goal related items.

I know goal setting can come off as icky or business minded but for me it’s a motivational tool and a way to make sure I stay committed to my goals. It gives me the encouragement to stay on track even when I’m having a bad day or when something unexpected comes up.  Personally, I plan to take the next 12 weeks to recommit myself to my ashtanga practice and powerlifting.  I took a few months off from both and I’m itching to get back.  I also have a fun (and completely free) program coming out in December that I cannot wait to share with you all.

Dream, plan, do the work, accomplish.

Happy goal setting,


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SOULful Life Interview Series – Meg Everingham

I met the beautiful, soon-to-be mama, Meg, via twitter!  I have always been inspired by her willingness to leave corporate life to pursue her true passion of teaching.  I am thrilled to be able to share this interview with you all!

Meg Everingham


Classically trained in ballet, Meg translates her love of movement to teaching yoga, Pilates & wellness. Based outside of Philadelphia, Meg teaches in-home, in-studio and online group & privates sessions. A student of Yoga & Pilates for 15 years, Meg’s teaching style has grown from her sense of body awareness, love of movement and union of body & mind. Meg is also a practitioner of Ayurvedic & plant-based living, a freelance writer & yoga-living enthusiast. Fusing her classical training, knowledge & experience, Meg strives to empower her clients through the freedom & strength of mind-body movement.

Visit Meg’s blog Yogalina
You can also follow Meg on:
Twitter: @yogalina
Instagram: @yogalina
Facebook: facebook.com/megzeveringham

1. What was your previous corporate job and how did you know that it wasn’t right for you?

After years of teaching ballet & practicing yoga (not ever thinking that could be a career) I went into working in human resources. The foundations of this career were the same in my interest in yoga – self-development & human service. In human resources I was able to help people find satisfaction in their jobs, create a positive workplace culture & give back to the community through outreach programs. During this time I continued to practice yoga & teach dance part-time. I felt that I was proving to myself that I could work & succeed on a more traditional career path. The interaction between myself & the employees was the highlight, the paperwork & office politics were the downside. I feel that I could have stayed in the corporate environment & taught part-time. I had a good salary, 401K savings plan, benefits, etc… I always had a strong pull inside of me to go back to movement, yoga & the arts full-time. I found myself dreaming of the life I had pre-corporate job, filled with creativity & freedom. Eventually I decided to jump back into that world!

2. What was the final push that made you take the big leap towards becoming a yoga and pilates teacher? How did you know you were doing the right thing?

The final push occurred when I took a job in human resources that turned out to be a very unhealthy work environment. Everyday became a struggle to deal with the multitude of inappropriate workplace behavior & culture. I still enjoyed aspects of my position, but the negative outweighed the good. I searched for another position & was unable to find one. I discussed it with my husband & we both agreed that this was the time for me to follow what I truly love to do whole-heartedly. I knew I was doing the right thing for my authentic self. I was leaving a toxic work environment & following my bliss. Financially, it was not necessarily the “right” thing because I lost my benefits & salary. I was able to teach ballet & find a part-time job for benefits while in YTT.

3. Did you experience any peer pressure to stick with the typical 9-5 corporate route?

My family & friends were all supportive about me leaving my 9-5. People that know me best recognized that this decision was right for me, that I was following my path. My parents were concerned about me not having benefits. I left a good paying, stable job for the unknown. I didn’t go into teaching yoga or Pilates to make money; I did it because the voice inside of my heart was urging me to!

4. Any regrets or things you might have done differently?

In retrospect it would have been smart for me to stay with my corporate job while in yoga teacher training. I was impulsive & ready to get out of that toxic environment. I could have continued my income (saved money) & had benefits & then transitioned into teaching.

5. What are some things you LOVE about your life now?

I love that I know I am exactly where I supposed to be & doing what my heart desires.

6. Any tips for people wanting to move from the corporate life to their dream job?

Plan your exodus from corporate life. Think about all aspects of what your new life with this dream job will entail – the known & potential unknown. Look at both the potential risks & rewards.

Thank YOU Meg!