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I was never the most fit or knowledgeable person to go to when it came to working out. I wasn't the person you looked at and said, I want to be like her. It's been a long and trusting process to become what I am today, and there is still so much to learn. I started my yoga journey at the end of 2017 because I was in a time of my life where I just needed to slow down to listen to myself. My luck in the world of love had taken me away from myself. Right after high school, I was in a physically and mentally abusive relationship. After a broken eye socket, many bruises, and broken arm, I decided to leave for good. About a year later, I thought I was ready to go back into the world of dating. I quickly found myself in a relationship that was less than perfect but, hey, it was better than the last one. Still, I found myself unsatisfied yet jumped in to a marriage that I wasn't going to be completely happy in. Working 6 days a week from 7 in the morning to 9 at night, and wearing myself as thin as possible. I wasn't taking care of myself, and taking all my anger out on whoever was around. I was a person that I hated. About three months of a consistent yoga practice and changing jobs, I was finally able to see that my life was that way because I let it be, that my happiness was truly up to me, and not anyone else. If I wasn't happy, then it was my fault. I had been through so much because I chose to stay there instead of change my situation. By the end of 2018, I decided to file for divorce and move on with my life. It was hard, I cried A LOT, and I blamed everyone else for my problems for a while. Looking back now, I can see I just completely broke and in denial that I was the reason for my pain. I started focusing more on work; I had just begun teaching trapeze yoga and working full time at the studio, so it was easy for me to keep busy. I just gave it all to my work, and it helped. I started focusing on the present moment, just like all my yoga teachers had said so many times before. That is when my whole life began to change. I started focusing on me for once. I started eating vegan, kept up my practice, and let go of whatever did not serve me. I stopped being as selfish and tried to look at situations as if I was in the other person's shoes. Now, I've been teaching Trapeze Yoga for two years, have my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate, teach Inferno Hot Pilates, and have an amazing boyfriend who has supported me through it all. Life couldn't be any better!