December is always a crazy time of year. We spend so much time worrying about gifts to buy, people to see, parties to go to that we seldom stop to realize how crucial it is this time of year for us to self reflect and recharge. This is the peak of our year’s mountain and it’s important for us to look down from the top of the summit on all that we have accomplished, and what we need to work on, as the year comes to a close.
This year I was fortunate enough to recharge and reflect on a trip to the Bahamas with two of my best friends. We were hosted by the beautiful Super Club Breezes along Nassau’s famous Cable Beach. We spent our days teaching classes, interacting with the local staff, reading, eating, and living our best mermaid lives. This time of year in the Bahamas is a beautiful time to go, because it’s low season. Nestled in between the holiday rush of Thanksgiving and Christmas, there were only a handful of people dotting the beach. This gave me the beautiful Bahamian ocean as the perfect backdrop for yoga & meditation every morning, made no need for dinner reservations at night, and allowed us the opportunity to really chat with and get to know the resort staff - who were all kind, genuine, and hospitable people. Needless to say, it was a beautiful experience and I can’t wait to go back.
The hotel’s namesake inspired this entry because the way of life in the Bahamas sincerely “Breezes” by. The days felt long, but in the best way. It was like you actually had time to accomplish all of the things that you wanted, which can be a daily struggle for me here in the Bay Area. The people were hospitable and so real. We made friends on a night out that literally showed us the entire island and we were truly privileged to have an authentic Bahamian night out, complete with my new favorite dish, Conch Salad. It was a beautiful experience and I can now say that I have friends in Nassau, which is sincerely my favorite part of traveling. There’s nothing like friendships that dot the globe.
Some personal practices that the Bahamas gave me time for that I’ll be working to continue in my day to day life are:
The one thing I didn’t do as much of while I was in Nassau was my journaling. I did write affirmations and gratitude lists two of the the three days I was there, but I had a year end activity to do in preparation for 2019 that I didn’t get to. I’m going to share the prompt with you, so that we can be accountability partners and do them together.
One habit to develop:
One habit to break:
I would like to focus on:
I want to learn how to:
I want to improve my:
I would like to spend more time:
I think we could all benefit from ocean air and sand between our toes. Maybe you don’t have the time or the means for a quick trip to the Bahamas, but you can take this time to carve out quiet moments and create your own beach. Maybe that means watching your favorite movies, treating yourself to a nice home cooked dinner, or if you’re local - bundling up and hitting one of our Bay Area beaches. Take time to pause, be present, and be grateful for the life you live. Take time to visualize all that you want and will have in the New Year. Reflection is a beautiful way to feel the breeze now before we dive into the depths of our future.
Love, light, and lion vibes,
Hey, again. It's Shonna.
I'm one part dance diva, one part sunbeam, and one part lioness. This blog is a highlight reel of my favorite moments, my travels, my dance classes, and my spiritual journey. It is a place for me to express, share, and heal. Through my journey, I hope to inspire, create, and spread happiness. I truly enjoy making others feel good - about themselves, about their circumstances, about life in general. With any dash of hope, maybe you can feel that way too.