Begin Again

Last Monday was the New Moon. I take a day each month, right at the beginning, to set myself up with the alignment of the month - knowing that astrology is only a guide, not a leader for the way I live my life. It’s like cream in my coffee. It’s how I love it, but I’m totally happy without it if I happen to run out. 

In fact, last Monday felt like the beginning of a whole new era. I was 3 days post-race. I’d developed slight hypothermia before the race I’d run in support of moms and Every Mother Counts even began, and after 40 miles I decided to stop running because my physiology was compromised and I couldn’t get warm. 10 of the 15 runners in this race dropped, ultimately. 

Back to Monday. I woke up to dogs farting in my face. They shouldn’t have been on the bed, but I couldn’t resist the snuggles…until the farts started. I meditated, then got up and started the day. 

My first reads of the morning were two different reports on the new moon. The sun finally came out in MT, after 4 days of heavy, cold rain that spattered the mountains with the first snow of the season. The reports told me that it was a time of new beginnings, and acknowledging endings that no longer help or serve you. It was time to let the things die that need to die off, and birth the new. 

Makes sense with the “back to school” energy all around, harvests happening whether in the backyard or in large fields. It’s September and it is time for rejuvenation. A time to slow down. A time to regroup and set some intentions for the completion of 2014, because anything you put into place right now and start moving forward will set the tone for what’s to come. 

What’s powerful about this New Moon is that there’s a two week time window for you to set your mojo into action. So if you’re reading this and you haven’t taken the time to acknowledge the changes going on around you, because you’ve been getting kids off to school, harvesting the last bits of summer, taking a short holiday weekend - no stress, you have time to set some new energy into motion right now.  

Do this…(activity time!) Take 15 minutes, today or tomorrow, to create a little room for magic and action in your life. Identify what is beginning or what you want to begin. Identify what is ending and let it be done. In your own way, take some time to get creative and get any intentions you have out of your head and onto something you can see in front of you. Even though the New Moon is a week behind us, this window of time still holds powerful energy. 

I don’t want to get too woo-woo on y’all, but last week marked a whole new era in time for me. After a long break from racing, I returned to being an endurance athlete who also wants to be a performance athlete. That’s just one part of my “knowing.” With this “knowing,” a whole new energy comes into my life. 

September brings more exciting consulting work (more to come). Honestly, I can simply feel the energy of this business making some big changes and shifts. Accommodating room for growth. 

In past weeks, I’ve had personal interactions with mentors I’ve been following and learning from since day one, and something about these conversations lets me know I’m headed in the right direction. So let me know, what is beginning and ending for you? How will you trust the unfolding and timing of your life? Would love to hear from you in the comments below. 

My sister asked me what “messages” I got during my race as we texted back and forth after the run. She also told me it made her feel sad and happy for me that I had to drop. I leave you with our conversation, as I crawled into bed on August 22nd:

ME: “Usually, during my races I have revelations. Today was about the power of the brain…And you’re right, going by the finish line made me sad. But I’m proud that I trusted my judgment and knowing. Nothing’s set in stone, I can do another race and rock it…And there’s something about losing ego. I fortunately got some amazing runs in while I was in Montana. The biggest take away is I’m lucky to have an incredible life and I just want to make it brighter. Good night.”

SISTER: “Tears.”

Have a fantastic week as Indian Summer sets in, one of my favorite times of year.

So much love!