Every year I’m choosing a word or two to expresses what I want to cultivate in my life.

For 2019 I choose: EMBRACE what’s possible.  ​

It resonates deeply with me this time of my life where my dream for an empty nest has not happened as planned. At the same time, I have not given up on what I know is my destiny: to share my gifts by teaching transformational yoga workshops and my story by writing my book.

I love what Cheryl Strayed speaks so wisely off in her book Brave Enough: After destiny has delivered what it delivers, we are responsible for our lives.

For me this has everything to do with what it means to embrace what’s possible. 

For the coming months, we’re prepared to hire live-in help. No, that wasn’t the plan but it’s what we need. For Sarina to get the guidance she needs and a companion to do things without us. For me to free up the much deserved space to do what I burn for and a chance to be the master of my own time again. And last but equally important for the health of my marriage.

In a reflection of what it means to me to embrace what’s possible I found it important to take an honest look at those questions:

  • Am I present to what is?
  • Am I having an honest look at my expectations?
  • Do I accept what I notice? And if not, what am I going to do about it?
  • Are my thoughts, beliefs, and actions serving me?
  • Do I honor the right balance between effort and surrender?
  • the right balance between giving and receiving?
  • Do I honor myself enough for the courage to phase my obstacles?
  • Do I honor my boundaries?
  • Do I honor myself enough on all levels?
  • Do I  start and end each day with a hug for myself?

I know each question can be loaded with emotions but that’s how I choose my life to be. No matter what my days hold I know I can always do the next step or the next breath!

So, the challenge is on.

And before I end my inquiry let’s hop on one of my Tiny Islands for a 20-second break and observe without judgment:

1. Pause
2. Notice your breath, relax your body with an exhale. Relax especially your lips and the back of your mouth.
3. Notice your feelings and your thoughts – what’s happening right now? With an aha let it go with your next exhaling breath.
4. Accept what you noticed and choose an intention for the next step.

My intention is to make my next step slowly. I have too much speed in my step 😎.  I want to celebrate what I have. I don’t want to rush and not notice it. I will set my steps with intention, feel the earth underneath my feet, open my heart and lift my crown to the sky and embrace what’s possible.

If you feel called write a note back to me. I love to hear from you. Either way find a few moments to reflect: Are you celebrating what you have? Do you embrace what’s possible?

With love,

This picture was taken just a second before the one I used above for my message. Our visiting friend from Germany Nadja took them at Bodega Bay and captured the magic moment of Sarina holding the wishing tree in the palm of her hand!


Manuela Rohr is a writer and Yoga teacher/therapist BDY/EYU, C-IAYT. With roots in Germany she now lives with her husband and daughter in Santa Rosa, CA.  She is the mother of a micro preemie girl and shares her healing journey in her blogs and teachings. She shares her transformational Yoga and Mindfulness lessons in workshops and private sessions.