My time at the castle has come to an end, and as I look back in reflection, all I can express is how grateful I am. I not only learned new trade skills as I worked with the team to renovate the castle for the last 2½ months, but I also learned new things about myself and countless life lessons. As we often said around the castle, “You don’t work on the castle, the castle works on you.” Living, working, and spending all my time with people from all over the world served as a perfect opportunity for self-reflection and a platform for growth that I am very grateful for. I learned about myself and this experience helped me trust myself and my intuition. In the past, I’ve dealt with doubting myself and constantly second-guessing myself; however, with everything I’ve learned here, it helped reinforce that the decisions I am making today to travel and continue this journey is the correct one.
I was having a conversation with fellow yoga teacher in the castle and was talking about trusting my intuition and my gut instincts. It’s not always the easiest thing to do because of fear of failure or being wrong, but he told me the best advice he’s been given was to, “Trust yourself, try your hardest, and fail boldly.” Failing boldly is not a new concept, but when applied to trusting in myself and taking a leap of faith, it really resonated for me.
Just like in yoga when you try a pose or a class for the first time, there’s a chance you may fall, fail, or not look your “best,” but you try whatever it is anyway. This practice of yoga is constant preparation for trusting ourselves & our body, boldly trying something new & unfamiliar, and risking what we would categorize as failure. Whatever follows the bold decision we make (in yoga or in our everyday life), there’s always a lesson to be learned and an opportunity for growth, and my time at the castle has reinforced this for me. Learning handy-work (you should’ve seen me using a power-drill for the first time), cooking dinner for 20 people (without the option of ordering pizza), or figuring out what my next step in life would be, were among things that initially scared me, but that I tried and learned lessons from.
Maybe the advice I received to, “Trust yourself, try your hardest, and fail boldly,” is something that resonates with you in your everyday life or within your practice of yoga and something you would like to work on. If you’d like to share your thoughts, comments, concerns, or leave a love note, please comment below! I love reading the loving comments and starting a conversation with this community 🙂
Next, I will be traveling to Serbia to lead yoga at an eco-festival in the countryside. I would have never known about this opportunity if it hadn’t been for a connection I made at the castle and am very grateful for the opportunity. I will camp at this 4-day festival (The last time I camped was in Girl Scouts, pray for me y’all 😉 and lead morning yoga classes, learn about sustainability & leading an eco-friendly lifestyle, listen to music, and attending workshops. After Serbia, I will head to Costa Rica to teach yoga at an eco-village in the jungle, similar to where I was staying in Cambodia.