Guys, it's the frickin' 1st of July?!
Since the second half of 2010 has officially begun, it's kinda nice to take stock of the year so far and see what I've been up to.
Umm... Quite a bit, I suppose! ...I don't believe in new year resolutions, but it did seem fitting at the start of this year to at least set an intention for mine, given the big unknown that would turn out to be 2010.
My New Year intention was: Joyful Surrender.
It has seen me through leaving Sydney and my beautiful teacher, shuttling between Singapore and Cape Town, settling into life in Amsterdam, through hotels and corporate apartments and yet more corporate apartments (aka Beige Heaven)... then having to turn back to Singapore again for visa issues. Let's not even talk about work stress for the most intense shoot of my life (now going through 3 months of post-production)... and then of course, my relationship meltdown.
All that in SIX MONTHS?!?
Time and again, Joyful Surrender has turned out to be a good reminder and point of focus whenever things got out of whack. And boy... did they get out of whack!
As it turns out, this New Year intention has been very, very apt. It's helped me stay grounded and just surrender to what the Universe has brought my way. And JOYFULLY too. Giving up and releasing old energy makes room for new energy, and this intention of Joyful Surrender has constantly reminded me of this.
And funny how things turn out when you just let go and roll with the punches life brings your way.
My gig here in Amsterdam was originally meant to be a 6-month freelance stint. As it turns out, the company has offered me a full-time position coz things have been working out well. I am in love with this city. I am loving the work I'm doing (freaking hard work as it is). I am also loving the quality people I work with and the calibre of work produced here. So... FULL-TIME JOB HERE?!?
It was quiet on the blog the past couple weeks coz I was mulling over my options and living in my head a bit. I wasn't quite ready to write about it yet. Coz the catch with the job offer is: They need me to stay on from August after my freelance contract ends. This means: NO GOING TO MYSORE FOR TWO MONTHS THIS YEAR.
I was severely in a funk over this. But you know what? Joyful Surrender reminded me that well... Maybe now's not the right time to go to Mysore. Mysore will always be there. And at this point, I've got the chance of a lifetime at my dream job. I had to seriously practice non-attachment to my planned trip to India. (I'm now looking into Purple Valley retreats instead. HAHAHA!)
And things have just been falling into place since. I signed on for the job at the start of this week and started looking into apartments to move into after Beige Heaven's lease is up in August. (Sorry Beige Heaven, I can't live with you for more than 6 months!) I fell in love with the second apartment I saw this week, made an offer that was accepted and I've now got the rental contract in my hand. Wow. When things move easily, I'm convinced the Universe is telling me I'm on the right path.
The clincher was when I sneaked off at lunch break to get a much needed pedicure today, and the lovely Thai lady (whom I go to for both massages and pedicures, hehe) said to me "You are glowing today. Much happier than the last few times I've seen you." :) :) :)
I hadn't realized. Guess sometimes it takes someone else to bring about that awareness. And I'm ever so grateful for everything I've got in life.
So... At my half-year stock-take, I'm really looking forward to the new things coming my way. Letting go of stuff really just clears the pathway for new stuff. And I'm really excited to finally settle into a space that's "mine" (at least on a one-year lease!) ...Riding around town on my new bike, practising at the new shala from next week. What's next?
2010 has been most interesting so far. But wait, we're only halfway there?
Bring it on, Baby.