Karin Ovari

My Gap Year

July 20, 2016

Most people take their gap year after school between further learning and taking the step into the working world. That did not happen for me, so I am taking my Gap Year now. And as much as, at times, I wish I was surfing in Bali drinking from a coconut, my Gap Year is entirely different.

My Gap Year is at another stage of the journey altogether, as I move from the status of employee and consultant to Entrepreneur and Business Founder.  This involves incredible amounts of learning.

It’s another journey of transition.

A successful transition is full of stumbling blocks, fears, uncertainty, constant questioning about each moment and attempts at validating the why-you-don’t-take-the-‘safe’-path. It is also full of curiosity and wonder for what is possible, how much we can achieve and how to fulfill our dreams.

If you find yourself at a crossroads or in transition like me, consider the following tips to help you find clarity and get through the tough days.

Gratitude – it is easy to feel the victim when we are going through great change.

To get through those ‘dark days’ as I call them, stop and think about what is good in your life. What are you grateful for?  Sometimes that can be as simple as looking out the window and opening your eyes.

You may wish to write those thoughts down or you may not, either way, it works. Personally, I do both depending on where I am at in the moment.

A favourite book of mine is ‘The Gratitude Diaries ‘– excellent book by Janice Kaplan that you might like to read.

Learn more about Gratitude Diaries

Breathe – stop and smell the roses as they say.

Those that know me well have often heard me say ‘the only thing I do with any regularity is breathing’.  The truth is we don’t always actually stop and take the nice deep breaths that are vital to our soul and life force.

In my yoga practice, we talk of Yogic Breathing or Pranayama – ‘Prana’ refers to the universal life force and ‘ayama’ means to regulate or lengthen.

Prana is the vital energy needed by our physical and subtle layers, without which the body would perish. It is what keeps us alive.

Here’s a nice resource for further exploration from the ArtofLiving.org

Learn more about Breath

Stay well and be kind to yourself
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