exit stage left

13 Jul

[read time: 4 minutes]

there is something very strange and fascinating about leaving a familiar life for a completely unknown one.  earlier this year, i decided to take a huge leap of faith and pursue an opportunity to live and teach in LA for two months.  my objective: to take my chakra-based yoga and personal development content on the road.

exit stage left: on friday, june 25, 2010, tazima boards an airplane from DC to LA.

this is me, trying to hold it together, needing a pillow, on the flight to LA

i was tired. i hadn’t slept since wednesday due to packing, moving, storing, and cleaning.
i was proud. i have never taken such a big risk of my own volition.
i was scared! i had never taken such a big risk of my own volition, i only knew 2 people in LA, hadn’t been able to make any business contacts from DC, and i had only just figured out (that tuesday) where i’d be staying the evening i arrived.

on the days leading up to my departure, a few peculiar things happened

  • i had to repeatedly assess the value of my “stuff”:  for shipping insurance;  for deciding whether keep, sell, gift, or trash;  for fitting into the enclosed trailer
  • items i sold on craigslist lined up nearly dollar for dollar with many of the expenses i had in preparation for the trip.  e.g. bed and a bookshelf sold = $105;  2nd storage unit paid through august = $104  (this happened about 3 more times)
  • i learned more about how people felt about me than i ever would have known in our day-to-day interactions; fortunately it was overwhelmingly good.

opening act, new venue: things are different in LA
yoga:  i live within cycling distance of 20+ yoga studios…
NO exaggeration!  also, i’m not sure whether it is to fortify the practice or to help people get their beach bodies together, but there is a LOT of core work. 
food: it’s easy to eat organic,
pursue a raw/living foods lifestyle, and get the BEST! SUSHI! EVER!
transportation:  there are surfboard hangers for bicycles
and the rider is often barefoot; grown people actually use skateboards as real transportation AND look cool doing it.
enviroment: things overheard in public in LA are often about movies, shows, production studios, music, and the arts.  this is drastically different from the policy / NGO / hill-talk of DC
self expression: i am myself everyday all day. with such a short time to go from zero-to-teacher / workshop facilitator, there is only space for me to be truly me.  fortunately, californians are open to what i have to offer.

since i have been here, there have been many moments of poetic serendipity

  • my roommate had a 10 year yoga teacher career; she is able to provide an inside perspective on local yoga industry and climate
  • the english chap from whom i’m subletting my room has a lovely car that he’s also renting to me for a fraction of the cost of a rental car
  • i had the pleasure of meeting Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith after service this past sunday; my college buddy and my roommate both work for him at Agape Media
  • the people i am meeting are interestingly connected and continue to cross reference each other’s suggestions

there is much more i could say, but i’ll leave you with this, FYI: the nets DO appear and you also sprout wings.

10 Responses to “exit stage left”

  1. Jeannette July 13, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    yeah mama!! congrats!!

  2. anandaleeke July 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

    Well Sistalove you are manifesting as you affirmed! I affirm all the abundance of the universe coming your way now and forever.

  3. compassionaterenegade July 13, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    thanks Ananda & Jeannette! Wild ride ladies, wild ride! 🙂

  4. Courtney July 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    Can’t even put into words the feelings that go along with the smiles this brings me.
    Ride on Woman!
    Looking very forward to hearing more.

  5. samaa July 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    that’s truly inspiring tazima,, i hope to follow in your foot steps very sooon. i am so happy about your new journey. you’re so amazing to me.

    • compassionaterenegade July 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

      samaa, if you keep cooking (and un-cooking) the way you do, i’m sure you will be well on your way! 🙂

  6. Jemitra July 22, 2010 at 5:05 am #

    Word! That’s what I’m talking about. The next step is an international move. That’s when the rubber really hits the pavement.

  7. binah July 22, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    i am sooooooo happy for you! congratulations! YES, the net is there for you whenever you step out and DO YOU because your gifts/talents/dreams/truths/passions–they all make WAY for you, anything you do that is ALIGNED with your soul, makes a way for you to succeed, you’re on it…more prosperity and joy is coming your way!

    love and joy beams to you!

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