2016 Updates: New Year, Same Me, But Better / by lee tilghman

Happy New Year, Everybody! I have so many exciting things coming in 2016 that I cannot wait to share.  But before we get into that, I have noticed a ton of posts around the blogosphere lately about setting New Years Resolutions. And while the new year can be a very powerful time to revive dormant inspiration, I just wanted to send out a reminder that it is perfectly okay not to have a list of New Years Resolutions or set unrealistic guidelines for your New Year.

Things I'm pumped about right now:

  • I will be teaching a wellness workshop at Poketo inside the Line Hotel on January 23rd. Come spend the morning with me as I guide us through a vinyasa flow, teach you how to prep a creative and nutritionally smart breakfast, and help you build your very own breakfast to eat and enjoy! All attendees will receive a limited edition recipe zine along with a wellness goodie bag filled to the brim with treats from Aloha, Outdoor Voices, Go Macro, and more. Get your tickets now because there are only a few spots left!

  • I start my Yoga Certification tomorrow!

Yep, that's right! Tomorrow, January 4th, marks the beginning of a very intense and exciting journey for me. I will be starting my 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yogaworks. I will be doing the 4 week intensive formatting, which will include training everyday from 8am until 5pm, Monday through Friday. 

This is something that I have wanted to do for ages, but never had the time or guts to go for it. Well, not until this past summer when I rediscovered my love for yoga and completed my 30 day challenge, which just means going to yoga class every day for 30 days. I found myself connecting with the students and teachers and learning so much about myself through the practice. I knew that the only way I could really explore this new path was to take a teacher training course. Physically, I also want to get more of a challenge and learn more about the postures and asanas. I think I will also get a huge kick out of learning about the philosophy and history of yoga as well. There is so much information to absorb and I feel like a sponge right now. I couldn't be more ready!

I am bursting with excitement as I begin this new chapter in my life and can't wait to share all of the happenings with you guys on the way. What I am really most excited for though is to be back in a learning atmosphere, with books, binders, highlighters, and index cards. You bet I already bought a bunch of notebooks, too! Reminds me of being back in college all over again. 

Wellness Workshop at Poketo

I am SUPER excited to be teaching a Wellness Reboot class inside The Line Hotel in Los Angeles on January 23rd. Start your year off strong by learning how to build a beautiful, superfood-packed breakfast, and receive the inspiration you need to carry healthy habits into the new year and beyond. I will kickstart the class by leading an energizing 20 minute vinyasa flow. Then, using oatmeal and fresh, organic, local California fruit and superfoods, you will learn how to make a nourishing, plant-based, self-loving breakfast. Along with providing time-saving tips and techniques, I will guide you through building your own oatmeal parfait, complete in a mason jar for easy portability. Students will be sent home with an original zine with handwritten recipes illustrated by Lee herself, as well as an Outdoor Voices goodie bag full of wellness treats from Aloha, Gemstone Organics, Go Macro, Herbivore Botanicals, Moon Juice, and more. Buy your tickets here!

Some Thoughts on New Years Resolutions

This year, I did not make a standard list of resolutions. I set a major goal for myself back in November of 2015 when I officially decided to do my yoga teacher training. I instead decided to stop putting off the little things and to just do them. On New Year's Day, I simply headed to an office supply store and bought some organizers and folders and organized my desk, which is something I've been meaning to do for ages but had kept putting off. I also purged my closet of things I hadn't worn in 6+ months (I do this every 2 months, it's so good for the soul. Cleaning out the old to make room for the new). I organized my bathroom shelves. I feel lighter already. It's doing small things like this, that are good for us mentally and emotionally, that really make a positive impact on our wellbeing. It's all too easy when life starts to get crazy to let things slide to the back burner, but as long as you know yourself, you'll be able to give yourself what you need, when you need it. 

Even though I don't have a list of resolutions, I have some ideas on what I want my 2016 to look like. I want to be more patient with myself and others. I want to save more money. I want to keep searching for fulfillment in my career. But I am practicing being okay with not knowing exactly what will happen. I'm not planning like crazy, and I'm not just sitting back and being passive. I am on my path, and letting whatever happens happen, because I trust in the universe, and know in my heart that I can handle anything it deals me. I'm also forgiving myself for all those unmet resolutions that I had set in the past, and I think you should too. 

So this year, don't worry if you don't have a complete life makeover in the works for 2016. You were perfectly fine before, and you are perfectly fine now. 

Sending you all well wishes, health, happiness, and authentic fulfillment in 2016. See you soon!