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So recently I've been really struggling with my new job and am finding it a bit challenging.

I guess I should back up a bit first and tell you how completely and utterly lost I felt last year. I know many of you will be able to relate to this.

I was constantly questioning what my purpose on this earth is, but feeling totally clueless. I felt confused, alone and scared of what the future held for me.

I decided to start a personal development course to help me get a better understanding of myself. Around the same time, I discovered yoga (ah yoga, how you've brought so much positive change to my life).

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Yoga drew me in and I fell in love with it. Before I knew it, I was booking a Yoga Teacher Training course in Goa! A little bit crazy for someone who has only been practicing yoga for a few months. But I followed my heart, and our hearts don't lead us astray.

Which brings me to now, working in a stressful job. I am so grateful that I have a job because it allows me to save for India. But in those stressful moments, I really want to run away and hide. I even cried last week because it got too much and I really contemplated quitting, even though I need this job to reach my dream of going to India.

In a perfectly timed moment, later that day I came across such a great quote about challenges in our lives.

"The most challenging times, bring us the most empowering lessons." ~Karen Salmansohn

I realised that I needed to change my whole perspective on this. I needed to understand that challenges don't happen to us, they happen for us.

We should be welcoming them in with an open heart because we have the chance to really learn something if we allow it.

We need to be careful though because when challenges arise, our old friend, the critic, likes to pop in for a chat. It's in these moments that we need to be loving and kind to ourselves more than ever.

We need to believe in ourselves. We need to believe we are good enough, we are capable, we are strong.

So if you find yourself on a strange new path, believe that there are beautiful destinations at the end of this path — if only we remain open to, and accepting of, them.

And the next time I find myself being challenged in work, I'm going to take a deep breath, smile, and lovingly tell myself that I'm doing my best.

I invite you to do the same. Namaste ❤

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